Monthly Archives: September 2007

Book Rotation: Randomly Display Your Favorite Books

This tutorial will teach you how to build a “Book Rotation.” On pageload, it picks a random book from a list of your favorites, and displays it’s title and cover, linking to it’s Amazon page with an affiliate link. You can see it in action here (look in the sidebar). Still interested? Okay, let’s get started then.

First of all, log-in to Amazon Associates. If you don’t have an account yet, you might want to get one. Associates is an affiliate program where you earn commissions for referring customers to Amazon. If one of your users clicks on one of your referral link, and buys something from Amazon withing 24 hours, you earn a commission (up to 8%) of anything they buy. Once you’re logged in, head over to the “Build Links” page. You want the “Product Links” option (you’re screen should look something like the screenshot below).

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BlogRush Defends Their Program

People have been bashing BlogRush for the past couple of days, because they haven’t yet delivered their promised “rush of traffic.” After releasing statistics to their users, everyone started blogging about how they had x impressions of their headlines, but only a few clicks.…

Is AdBlock “Evil”?

Last month, some idiot decided that commercial websites should block the Firefox web browser because some Firefox users (read: 87% of Digg users) utilize the Adblock extension to block advertisements from being displayed. The arguements continue. Though most people (most sane people, anyway) agree…

Accelerate Your WordPress Installation

VirtualHosting.com has just published a great tutorial on tweaking your WordPress installation to speed things up and consume less server resources. By implementing some of the recommended tweaks, you can maximize the amount of traffic you get per megabyte of bandwidth, saving money along…

The Art of The Fold

The term “above the fold,” carried-over from the print world, refers to everything seen before the fold in the newspaper. In web design, its meaning is virtually the same, referring to the first screen of content. Basically, if you can see it without scrolling,…

Design Spotlight: FeedIcons.com

FeedIcons.com, the easiest way to grab a copy of the standard RSS icon, has recently received a redesign. The light-on-dark design, like the old version, makes the orange feed icons stand out. The other colors don’t look bad either. The design is made-up from…

BlogBuzz September 15, 2007

Cool and Creative Business Cards

Whether you’re designing a business card for yourself, or for your website, you have an opportunity to be creative. Don’t settle for a plain card with basic information. I’ve basically assembled a list of lists (doesn’t that sound cheesy?). I’ve looked around the web…

Technorati Changes Home Page to Utilize ‘Topics’ Feature

Technorati recently introduced a new feature known as Topics. In a Digg Spy-like manner, it shows recent postings from the blogosphere. Today, Technorati redesigned their homepage. The old page content is gone, swapped for the topics feature. See it here. To the right of…

4 Books For CSS Design

Do you want to learn how to design websites? The best way to learn is probably through books. With a book you don’t have to sit in front of a glowing screen, reading impatiently in “Internet Time” (where everything seems to go to slowly…

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