Google Multi-User Account Login Script (Greasemonkey)

If you share a computer with someone else, you’ve probably been frustrated at times with having all your accounts with Google.  If a family member logs into their Gmail account, it logs me out of everything, include AdSense and my personalized homepage. 

While browsing the web today I found a solution to this problem.   The solution is the Google Account Multi-Login Greasemonkey script.   This script will actually replace the “Sign out” link on Google pages with a select box of accounts, making for an easy transition between Google accounts.  

The script is free and only requires the use of the Greasemonkey extension and the Firefox web browser.  Enjoy!

Do You Google Yourself?

A study was recently done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project showing that 47 percent of adult internet users in the United States have attempted to locate information about themselves via Google or another search engine. It looks like people will commonly search family members, co-workers, and potential dates.

While your initial reaction may be that this figure seems a little high, I am surprised that it isn’t much higher. We live in an age where everything is moving online, and the amount of data out there can sometimes be scary. It is a good habit to monitor what exactly is out there about you, because anyone has access to it.

I search myself regularly, as well as keep a Google Alert with my name active to see what people are saying about me. How do you monitor yourself online?

Technology Talk – 12/02/2007

Here are a few posts that caught my eye this week. If they sound interesting, I recommend checking them out, as they are well worth the read:

  • Sizlopedia has listed 3 Tips to Maximize Your Google AdSense Revenue Potential. Using 300×250 ad units is #3 on the list and is the best advice for someone using AdSense in my opinion.
  • Daily Blog Tips recommends leaving a comment on posts that receive high traffic in your niche to help generate traffic. This is something that I also recommend and practice when launching a new blog to help get found. There is a good chance the author of that blog will check out your site when moderating your comment and possibly subscribe to your feed. Also, some of the search engine traffic may like your comment and click over to check out your blog as well.
  • Blogging Tips has written an introduction to Windows Live Writer. If you aren’t tied to the WordPress Write panel, then I definitely recommend checking out WLW. JohnTP has also written 12 Reasons That He Likes Windows Live Writer. His post is very detailed and brings up some great features of WLW.
  • CK Webb shares his experiences trying to get his domain reinstated after being banned from Google. The moral of the story is check what the domain was being used for previously before purchasing!
  • TechCrunch points out Alexa’s Make Believe Internet. Alexa has a lot of problems, including users having the ability to manipulate their rankings, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
  • MakeUseOf has posted 7 tools to crack eBay.  This is a must-read post for eBay users.

Reader Poll: How Is Your Google AdSense Performing?

It’s been exactly two weeks since we talked about Google redefining what a clickable area is in an effort to combat click fraud, so I figured that was adequate time to let the change soak in and examine some trends. At the time of the change, it made sense for Google and advertisers, but it fueled a lot of speculation that sites that depend on Google AdSense to generate income would likely lose out on some of their monthly income.

Something that a few publishers speculated on is that with lower fraud rates, publishers would likely be willing to pay more per click to get their advertisements seen. We are also approaching the holiday season, meaning that advertising budgets are going up and a lot of other businesses are launching seasonal advertising campaigns.  If this theory holds true, Google AdSense publishers should still be seeing consistent income.

In looking over my analytics and AdSense reports, it looks like my income from Google AdSense has dipped some, despite a heavy increase in traffic.   Is this due to the clickable area change?   Unfortunately, that isn’t something that I can be sure of.  As David points out, a lot of things can factor into a change in pay-per-click advertising.   Thats why I decided to poll my readers and find out how AdSense is performing for you over the past two weeks.   Has your income remained steady?  Have you noticed any trends?

Technology Talk – 11/25/2007

I would say this has definitely been a slow week with the holiday here in the United States, but there was still some great stuff being written. Here are a few posts that caught my attention this week throughout the blogosphere:

How To: Reporting Sploggers to Google AdSense

Have you ever noticed your copyrighted content being scraped? Not only is this illegal, but it can sometimes even result in that person ranking higher than you in the SERPs. While you can always file a DMCA, there is another way to hit the splogger where it hurts……in the wallet.

If you are wondering how to go about this, Daniel of Daily Blog Tips recently talked about a fairly easy way to report a AdSense terms of service infringement to Google. The idea is that this will get the splogger kicked out of AdSense, which will then take away any profit they might be making off your content.

If you are interested in learning how to report people in these situations, I recommend you click over and check out Daniel’s post.

Technology Talk – 11/18/2007

Now that the Blog Expo is over, it looks like the blogosphere is back to normal. There was a bunch of stuff I really enjoyed this week, that I figured I would share. Hope you enjoy it as well!

  • Jason of JD’s Blog has posted 100 ways to promote a startup. While this is written with the idea of starting a business, I think a lot of this applies to promoting your blog. I also ran across a post entitled 99 Ways To Promote Your Blog. This post is more geared towards blogger tips, so you may find some useful stuff here as well.
  • Web Worker Daily has posted a bunch of great gift ideas for geeks. I’m hoping for either the high-tech backpack or the USB beverage chiller.
  • Mitch Keeler has collected a bunch of Greasemonkey Scripts for Gmail 2.0. Its good to see Folders4Gmail on the list of scripts that has been updated for Gmail 2.0.
  • Gizmodo has written a complete guide to Microsoft Zune 2’s software and firmware. Is anyone planning on getting one of these? The Zune 2 doesn’t look to bad, but the iPod Touch kind of sealed my allegiance to Apple in this area.
  • Digital Inspiration covers 5 unexpected benefits of using Gmail with Microsoft Outlook. Now that Gmail offers IMAP, there are all sorts of possibilities, and Amit covers some of them in this post.
  • The New York Times talks about Inbox 2.0. The idea is that Google and Yahoo will be turning their popular homepages and e-mail services into a social network of sorts to try to compete with Facebook. Most Facebook users also have either a Yahoo or Google account, so it will be interesting to see which services win out.
  • Techie-Buzz and Shankri-La cover a new service called Montastic. This is a free service that monitors your websites/blogs for downtime. Keith’s post goes into a lot of great detail as to why a service like this is so valuable to bloggers.
  • Technology Bites explains how to easily create round corner CSS boxes.  This is a nice option for those without any programming knowledge.

How Does Google AdSense Determine Invalid Clicks?

If you have a blog and are attempting to monetize it, there is a good chance that you’ve probably used or considered using Google AdSense at some point.  It’s a great service that targets advertisements specifically to your blog posts content, so you really can’t go wrong with it.

Unfortunately, this is a pay-per-click (PPC) service, so there are some guidelines to follow in order to make money with AdSense.  Cheat PPC has created a useful list of things Google looks for to help create awareness.

A few of the keys included in the list are:

  1. IP Address
  2. Click Through Rate (CTR)
  3. Physical Location
  4. Cookies
  5. Click Patterns
  6. Other Google Services
  7. Search Engine Ranking

I know of people that have been banned from Google AdSense for one reason or another, so if you use AdSense, its good to know what not to do.

As a quick side note, if you use Greasemonkey, you may want to check out the Prevent Accidental Clicks script that helps you avoid clicking your own ads on accident.

Google Redefines What The Clickable Google AdSense Area Is

It looks like Google AdSense is continuing to evolve.   According to the latest reports, it looks like Google has decided to redefine what counts as a click.

It looks like this change will mainly effect those Google AdSense ads where there wasn’t enough inventory to display all of the ads.   Under the old system, if a user clicked anywhere in the square, you would receive credit for the click on your AdSense earnings.  With the new system, it looks like users will have to click directly on the advertisement text in order to get credit for the click.   Here is a visual, courtesy of Google Blogoscoped:

So what does this mean?   A good portion of Google AdSense clicks are often accidental clicks, so this will considerably lower the AdSense clicks for many AdSense publishers.   This blog generates about a third of its income from AdSense, so I will be following this closely over the coming months to see if it has any influence on earnings.

GoDaddy Now Integrating with Google Webmaster Tools

I’ve been singing the praises of GoDaddy for a few weeks now, whenever I talk about internet domain registration or any of the other services GoDaddy offers. They are the #1 internet domain registrar, and they have always taken great care of me and filled my needs. It looks like their dominance in the domain registration field, along with the other tools they have to offer user, created quite a bit of appeal to Google.

According to Mashable, GoDaddy has signed up as a pilot partner with Google to combine their popular sitemap editor with Google Webmaster Tools:

It will offer info on site traffic, so they can see what can be improved in order to get more traffic to their sites. The goal is to lower the bar, so less technical knowledge is needed for implementing these tools on their sites. GoDaddy users will now have their sitemaps submitted to Google automatically, so updates can be reflected sooner in Google’s’ index.

With GoDaddy housing millions upon millions of domain names and websites, its sheer wealth was a prime reason for Google to target the hosting company for the pilot roll-out of this new integration. It means more business for Google, and more options extended to the end customers of GoDaddy’s service.

As a GoDaddy user, I’m excited to see this partnership and what it holds for the future. It will save me time if I can control even more from GoDaddy directly.