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Thursday, April 19, 2012

7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

Pinterest has grabbed the attention of many social media marketers and has gathered millions of fans since its debut two years ago. With amazing tools, you can easily share any photos you found on the Web and socialize with anyone in the world through Pinterest. It makes sharing easier, and you can make friends with many more people who share your interest.
pinterest tools 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
Initially just for image-sharing, u can even study your social activity and find out your score on Pinterest, so you’ll know how social you are using the simple web application, and how your social activity can potentially benefit you.
In this article we have compiled 7 useful tools you can use with your Pinterest from analyzing your pinterest activity to study your score and influence, pinning quotes, adding additional button as well as activity column on Pinterest page.

1. Pinpuff

Pinpuff is where you can calculate your Pinfluence, a measure of your popularity on Pinterest and it also provides the value of your every pin. To get started with your analytics on Pinpuff, go to the website and fill in your email and your Pinterest username, then click on the button ‘Calculate your Pinfluence’.
pinterest pinpuff calculate 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
You will be redirected to your pinfluence page, where you will find your pinterest analytics.
pinterest pinpuff score page 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
In the score page, you will be presented with your total score at the right hand sidebar next to your Pinterest profile image. You will also get to know an estimation of your pin valuation as well as cost per click. Apart from that, you will see your reach score based on your follower and activity score.
pinterest pinpuff score page 2 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
There’s also a virility score, and you can also find out the total followers, pins, repins and likes of each board you created in Pinterest.

2. Pinreach

Similar to Pinpuff, Pinreach also provides you with analytics to study your influence on Pinterest except without the value estimation you can find in Pinpuff. It does however have othe features to offer.
To use Pinreach, visit the website and click on the ‘Sign Up’ button and fill up the registration form together with your Pinterest username.
pinterest pinreach 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
When registration is completed, you will be redirected to your analytics page. There are four tabs available on Pinreach to study your Pinterest activity in details.


The first tab ‘Analytics’ is where you will be able to see your total pins, repins, likes, followers and more from the right sidebar, and you will also see graph of your score as well as activity changes since you last login to Pinreach.
pinterest pinreach score page 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know


Boards will show you the total number of pins, repins, followers and comments based on boards you created on Pinterest.
pinterest pinreach boards 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know


The Pins tab will show you a collection of your popular pins on pinterest.
pinterest pinreach pins 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

Influential Followers

This tab will let you know who are among your followers has a strong influence on Pinterest. You can also click on their image to find out their Pinreach.
pinterest pinreach influential 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

3. Pin A Quote

Pin A Quote allows you to post a quote to Pinterest. Although this is just a small part of what you can get from Pinstamatic, Pin A Quote makes it easy with their bookmarklet – you can simply post a quote by highlighting a text on any website much like how you Pin an image from a site.
To grab the bookmarklet, visit the Pin A Quote homepage, drag the button ‘Pin A Quote’ to your browser’s bookmark bar, and it is ready for use.
pinterest pinaquote 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
To pin a quote to Pinterest, all you need to do is simply highlight any sentence or quote you found on any website, then click on the Pin A Quote bookmarklet. A form will appear, fill it up and post it to your Pinterest.
pinterest pinaquote form 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

4. Pin Search

Pin Search is an extension for Chrome browser that will let you easily find more related photos and information of a photo you found on Pinterest.
To start using, head over to the Pin Search extension page on your Chrome browser and click ‘Add to Chrome’.
pinterest pinsearch 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
Once added to Chrome, open the Pinterest website and you will see an additional ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the ‘Comment’ button, when you hover over any images on Pinterest.
pinterest pinsearch button 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
Clicking on this ‘Search’ button will direct you to a Google’s search results page that is related to the image you selected.
pinterest pinsearch result 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

5. Recent Activity Expander

Also an extension for Chrome, Recent Activity Expander will add an extra column on the left side of your Pinterest page, and list down all recent activity related to your account. It allows you to see who has followed and repinned your items since your last login.
pinterest recent 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
To start using, head over to Recent Activity Expander‘s Chrome extension page and add it to your Chrome. Once added, open Pinterest website and you will see your Recent Activities in a column on the left.

6. Pinterest Right-Click

Pinterest Right-Click is an extension for your Firefox browser, it adds an additional right-click item to your right-click menu so you can pin any photos you found on the Internet.
To get this, open the Pinterest Right-Click extension page on your Firefox and install.
pinterest rightclick 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
Now when installation is completed, you can search or browse any images from your Firefox, and when you find any photos you want to pin to Pinterest, right-click on the image and select ‘Pin image’.
pinterest rightclick save 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
When you selected ‘Pin Image’, as usual a popup window will appear for you to fill up the details of the image, which board you want to post the image to etc. Once completed, select ‘Pin it’.
pinterest rightclick save option 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know

7. Pinterest Pro

Pinterest Pro is another Chrome extension that comes with 3 main features to enhance your Pinterest experience: ‘Pin to Pinterest’ accessible by the right-click menu, image zooming and ‘Popular Pin Dropdown’.
You can have these features on your Chrome browser by installing Pinterest Pro from the extension page. To pin a photo, just select ‘Pin to Pinterest’ by right click. A new tab will appear; fill up with the details of the image and it will be posted on your Pinterest board.
pinterest pro righclick 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
When you browse a Pinterest page, you can enlarge every pinned image without having to click on that image. Simply hover over any image with your cursor and the image will be enlarged.
pinterest pro magnifier 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
The third feature is the Popular Pin Down button you can find at the top-right corner of your browser. Click this button to check out the latest popular content on Pinterest without having to load the website.
pinterest pro popular 7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know


Now with these 7 tools, you can start to analyze your social activity on Pinterest and do more research on how to reach your audiences or grab more influence that would be beneficial for Internet marketing, be it for your personal online presence or for your company’s.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

10 of the Best Alternatives to Google AdSense

Making money online is one of the many reasons why fellow bloggers keeps on blogging. As bloggers, we aim to share information that we think is something to be shared as well as to get traffic in respected blogs. Of course, bunch of visitors means a great conversion to our online revenues as a take back from giving or spreading valuable info’s throughout the web.

Recently, I meet someone online talking about his site or blog being dismissed or banned by Google Adsense. For those who don’t know what this Adsense is. Google Adsense is a service of Great Google to help blogs/website owners and counterpart to monetize or earn something from their blogs/website by putting some ads on them. 

Going back to the story, Google Adsense dismissed the Adsense account of this inconsequential friend of mine. He was earning good amount in Adsense for almost 2 years and now he feels so low though still striving. He asked me if there are other alternatives aside from Google Adsense and so *Click! 

So here’s my new post for this week – 10 of the best alternatives aside from Google Adsense.

1 - AdBrite 

AdBrite is the largest independent ad exchange, reaching 300 million global unique visitors every month, including more than 150 million in the U.S. With site-level transparency and an open platform for data providers and real-time bidders to plug into, we maximize selection and control for advertisers and publishers. Leveraging first- and third-party audience data for advanced targeting is dead simple, and results can be closely monitored through our superior real-time reporting and analysis.
2 - Bidvertiser

In 2003, Bpath spotted the need of website owners to sell their ad space directly to advertisers, overcoming the disadvantages of automated systems, like Google's AdSense and Overture' Content Match, where neither the advertiser nor the publisher has any control of the advertisements' quality, pricing and timing. Bidvertiser On-Site Bid Per Click offers website owners with the ability to sell their ad space, automatically, to the highest bidder, on a price-per-click basis, where the price is mostly effected by the quality and popularity of their website. Advertisers can place ads directly on sites of their choice and pay only when a visitor clicks-through their site. Bidvertiser serves text ads in all types of standard ad units, including banners, buttons, skyscrapers and inline ads.
3 - Chitika 

Chitika is a data analytics company in the business of on-line advertising. Through the application of data and innovative technology in the fields of mobile, local and search Chitika has developed a vast global network that maximizes yield for both publishers and advertisers.

When Chitika co-founders, Venkat Kolluri and Alden DoRosario left Lycos in 2003 to start their own company, they sought a name that would suggest the speed with which its customers would be able to put up ads on their Web sites. Chitika, which means "snap of the fingers" in Telugu (a South Indian language), captured this sentiment and Chitika Inc. was born. Chitika introduced its online-ads service in January, 2004.
4 - Infolinks

Established in 2007 and backed by Primera Capital, we combine advanced internet technologies with advertising strategy and extensive buyer-behavior analysis to bring premium advertising to pre-screened websites and blogs worldwide. Advertisers reach global markets with local precision, via 300 million unique views across 50,000+ premium sites that work exclusively with Infolinks.
5 - Pocket Cents 

The PocketCents pay per click banner advertising network is built from the ground up so we can focus on the most important aspects of internet marketing. Target markets of your industry at fixed PPC rates! Choose a local audience to place your advertisement in front of and invest in solid results. We are the next generation of online advertising.
6 - Kontera

An advertising network, providing in-text advertising and information services.
Kontera's technology is based on several proprietary semantic, statistical, linguistic, and yield-maximization algorithms that analyze online content, extract and rank topics and keywords, and then match them to relevant advertisements, content, and information. The company's flagship product is called ContentLink.

Kontera was founded in 2003 by co-founders Yoav Shaham, Assaf Henkin, and Henit Vitos. The company is privately held and backed by Sequoia Capital and Carmel Ventures. Kontera is based in San Francisco, with offices in New York City and Herzliya, Israel.

Kontera ads are well represented on the internet and used in over 1% of the top 10,000 websites ranked by traffic.
7 - Clicksor

Clicksor is a contextual advertising network which functions by allowing advertisers to match pre-selected keywords or channels within particular internet content. The advertising formats include inline text links, banners, graphical and rich media banners and pop-under ads. Payment for these ads may be on a CPC, CPV or CPM basis. The minimum charge for advertisers is $20, and the minimum payout for web-content publishers is $50.[4] Clicksor claims to be able to target via time-targeting and geographical targeting, in addition to their keyword based system.
Website owners seeking to earn revenue based on their web traffic can sign up for an account and are given the ability to place Clicksor ad code to display on their sites. Based on the advertisers’ selections of keywords, ads are distributed to these websites based on their site content and relevancy, and ads are matched to the appropriate websites. Clicksor Publishers can place an assortment of text/image banners, rich media banners, full page pop-unders and interstitial ad codes that best suit the design of their website.
8 - Exit Junction 

A service of DynamicOxygen Revenue Network which enables publishers of all sizes to realize their full revenue potential without compromising their site's user experience! Our innovative ad solution provides exceptionally targeted ads with high eCPM for your ENTIRE traffic! Yes, we accept international traffic too! As our publisher you get access to a variety of unique ad formats not found elsewhere, such as Interstitials, Layer Ads, Peeler Ads, Anchor Ads, and more... And best of all you also enjoy timely payments and superb support!
9 - Dynamic Oxygen 

DynamicOxygen is an online technology company with a mission to disrupt the current search-advertising market! Our company is completely technology driven and we are obsessed with constantly improving our product offerings and build our products based on customer feedback and requests. Since our founding we never lost a sight of our goal: To Lead by Innovation!

We believe in cutting edge innovation and rapid product development. No task is too big and no goal is unachievable for us! We believe in making a difference by building new products that shift the balance of power in the online advertising market! We are passionate about our technology and strongly believe in the value proposition we provide for advertisers and publishers!
10 - AdBull

AdBull, a proprietary division of Lexos Media, provides a contextual-based cursor advertising vehicle that allows content publishers of all sizes the ability to increase monetization up to 500% over other forms of contextual advertising; without displacing space on a page or affect other existing revenue streams. Adbull has been tested to provide higher engagement rates for advertisers than any other contextual advertising vehicle available!

The patented AdBull contextual based cursor ad unit is a unique and revolutionary way for publishers to add a new and non-cannibalistic revenue stream. Similar to other contextual or pay-per-click solutions, publishers enable AdBull by signing up and pasting a simple script into the pages of their websites. AdBull then conducts a semantic page analysis to determine the real-time context of each page and delivers a relevant ad directly to the user's cursor. As a publisher's content changes, AdBull automatically matches the most appropriate ads from its inventory of advertisers and advertiser feeds.

AdBull's automated advertiser interface, advertisers, like publishers stated above, have the ability to sign up and choose relevant keywords that would describe their products/services. Once approved, their ads are then served directly to their most relevant audience.

AdBull ads are only displayed for a few seconds after a user arrives... at a time when 98% of Internet users have their eyes tied to their cursor.

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Top 10 Android Games

Being on the move with a smartphone has made it obvious that we need some form of entertainment – befitting that of such a device. There has been a flurry of activity among game developers trying to churn out game after game to please the users. Let’s take a look at 10 games that really made it mainstream.

1. Angry Birds

This franchisee needs no introduction. Rovio has struck a jackpot
with the introduction of Angry Birds. Be it Angry Birds Rio or Angry
Birds Space, this game will never leave you unoccupied. Go do your bit
in helping the birds win the war against the pigs!

2. Temple Run

This game defines addiction. After a long wait, the Android version
of this immensely popular game is finally out. Run, turn, jump and slide
– all with a swipe, to avoid getting caught. Collect power ups, coins and characters; all with a single aim – to keep running for as long as you can.

3. Draw Something

This is the latest addition to the list of Android games that has gone
viral within a few days of its launch. It is undoubtedly the most popular
drawing-and-guessing game available for Android. Play with your Twitter
or Facebook friends; or you can opt to be automatically partnered with
other online gamers.

4. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

The latest version of the Asphalt series is undoubtedly the best on
the Android platform. A great selection of cars, challenging driving
controls and a good variety of locations make this a must have game
for all racing lovers. Add HD graphics to the package, and your mind
will be blown away by this thrilling game.

5. Grand Theft Auto III

Apparently having spent hours playing GTA on our desktops wasn’t
enough. One of the most gripping games of all time has now made its
way to the Android universe. As a part of its 10 th anniversary celebration, Rockstar Games has brought Liberty City at your fingertips. The usual,
dark storyline with HD quality graphics, make sure you have your charger
with you at all times.

6. Drag Racing

This is one genre of racing which will never get old. Realistic controls,
50+ cars and millions of online players make this one addictive game.
Win races, tune and customize car with the winning money, after racing
over a quarter mile, half mile or a full mile.

7. Fruit Ninja

Try out your Ninja skills on the most unlikely opponent of all – fruits!
Fruit Ninja is an excellent alternative to while away your time. With
different modes of game play, rest assured that this is one game you
will not get bored of.

8. Sonic CD

Sega is back with its timeless classic. Sonic the hedgehog now runs at
the command of your touch screen. Released last December for Android,
Sega leaves the mission of saving the Time Stones from the evil of Dr Egghead.
It uses on-screen controls, to maintain the classic style of game play in the olden days.

9. Shadowgun

This is a third person shooter game. It brings excellent graphics and
game play to Android users. The graphics are the real show stealers,
comparable to those found on handheld consoles. The game packs a
real punch under the visually appealing exterior – a solid action game.
The game represents a new step in mobile gaming.

10. Doodle Jump

Insane addiction is what the Doodler spreads as he jumps from one
level to another. Springs, jet packs and balls will aid you on your tiring
quest to the top, as you look to avoid the bad guys on the way.

How Do You Gain Genuine Followers on Twitter?

Twitter is a huge social network that provides online communication for people living in different parts of the world. This means of communication plays a crucial role in everyday life and made a real revolution when appeared for public use.
Its role is incomparable as a means of communication as each day new people express a desire to become a member of this huge “family” called Twitter. They want to be in contact, to share their ideas and interests and also use this social network as an effective means of business promotion. Once we have had the basics out of our way, shall we go for some cool Twitter Tips?

Tips to Use Twitter Like a Pro and Gain Natural Followers

Twitter’s main formula is based on follow policy. What does this mean? Besides friends and different groups in Twitter there is such a notion as follow. This is a dual action. One can just enter into any profile he/she wants and click on the “Follow” button and be always aware of that user’s action: posted links, videos, comments, etc._____________________________________________________
How many Twitter followers one has the more famous is that profile and there is more opportunities to spread information. But getting followers is not an easy task. It requires both money and time.
To get more followers on Twitter fast different sites offer their services: you just pay a certain amount of money and within a few days the mentioned number of followers is added to your profile. But there is also the opposite way: it is quite possible to get followers free, in this case users need to spend much time and do all job themselves.
But the process of getting followers is not over with this. In order to get more followers there exist common tips known by all. To attract more users and become followers profiles should be originally designed.
Also, their background should be exclusive and unique, and the same refers to links, comments, posted videos, comments and generally speaking every step and action of the user. To arouse interest and attract users all these steps should be carefully taken into account.
In general people are interested in the content that is unique and original. So fresh and new ideas are mostly encouraged and help in the process of getting new followers on Twitter.___________________________________________________________________
Considering all these aspects we realize that follow policy is very important: it helps users to know much, be aware of many news events and also promote their business and marketing.

140/2 Ultimate Twitter Tools and Applications

Since its birth, Twitterthe micro blogging platform has grown at the speed of light and kept a steady progression ever since then. The way Twitter has grown beyond the ordinary and become a phenomenon is awe-inspiring. Thus it is no surprise why today Twitter is being used by many new online services using the micro blogging platform as a backbone messaging system and why many companies, agencies and bloggers are using Twitter to promote their brand. Over these years lots of third-party cool applications have evolved that have been developed toenhance your Tweeting experience. Here is a list of 140/2 [Twitter-style ;) ] such apps. Yes, that makes it a list of 70 cool twitter applications that enable you to do awesome things on Twitter like, photo sharing, twitter client, feeding your blog to twitter, getting more followers, tracking URL’s and lot more…
Ultimate Third-Party Twitter Tools and Applications
  1. TwitPic Lets you share photos on Twitter
  2. TweetDeck Is an Adobe Air desktop application that is currently in public beta. It aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces.
  3. Feed your blog to twitter,, HelloTxt or
  4. Twitterholic Twittastic robots scan the Twitter public timeline for new twits to tweet. A few times a day, we calculate individual statistics for each twittering twit in our database.
  5. TwitterCounter Get more followers: Add TwitterCounter to your site, blog or social network.
  6. Twhirl Is a desktop client for social software such as Twitter, Friendfeed,, or seesmic
  7. Twitturly Is a service for tracking what URLs people are talking about as they talk about them on Twitter.
  8. TwtPoll Enter your question, then share your poll on Twitter.
  9. Twittermail Update twitter via email
  10. Twitter Reply Receive your replies on your email
  11. OuTwit Update Twitter with your Microsoft Outlook
  12. Vtwitter Vtwitter allows Zimbra users to send messages (or sometimes called tweets) to their Twitter account directly from their Zimbra email.
  13. mail2twitter mail2twitter is a free service that allows you to post tweets through e-mail
  14. Retweetist New links that are being Retweeted the most. Only the freshest, only the most tweeted.
  15. Tweepler Organize tweeps. To follow or not to follow?
  16. Twitter Keys Brighten your tweets with little pictures
  17. Twi8r Translate shorthand text to English and the other way around for easy tweeting
  18. Phweet Phone + Tweet, talk to your twitter friends through this online phone
  19. Twitter Digest Read tweets digest-style
  20. Tweet2tweet Read the conversations between two people on twitter.
  21. Twalala Choose the tweets you wants to read. Mute people or mute topics that you don’t want to read
  22. Tweet Wheel Find out which of your friends know each other
  23. Twitter Karma Find out who is following and unfollowing you. Have a mass follow and unfollow tool.
  24. Twitter Snooze If you have noisy twitter friends, you can snooze them for a certain time so you won’t receive their tweets.
  25. My Tweeple Evaluate your followers through the number of dings (recommendations) they have from other Twitter users
  26. Tweet Later Schedule tweets, auto-follow and auto-welcome people
  27. Twittertise Schedule your tweets. Very useful when you are advertising.
  28. Tweet Ahead Schedule your tweets on Mac
  29. Twit Response Imagine Twitter + Autoresponder. Send tweets automatically.
  30. Less Friends Find out who unfollowed you using this tool
  31. Qwitter Receive the names of the people who unfollowed you via email.
  32. Does Follow Tells you if a certain follower is following a person or not
  33. Twitterless Receive a direct message when someone unfollows you
  34. Twitter100 Find out the latest 100 posts of your followers
  35. Twitterator Follow a list of people all at once
  36. Twitter Who Invite lots of people in one go
  37. Twitterlex See your last 30 tweets along with your friends. Use on Mac.
  38. Timer Set an alarm for things you have to do
  39. Retweet Me A reminder tool that sends a DM on your scheduled activities.
  40. Remember the Milk Manage tasks on Twitter as well as set notifications for yourself
  41. Twittercal Integrate your Google Calendar with Twitter
  42. My Chores Track your chores
  43. Lazy Tweet Find answers to your questions by posting “@lazyweb” or “@lazytweet”
  44. Toanswer Easily get answers to your questions by posting “@toask” and “@toanswer [question ID]“
  45. At Answer Me Another question tool
  46. Twitter Answers Another question site with a nice layout so you can easily get answers to your questions.
  47. Tweet Burner Track the links that you post on Twitter
  48. Twitter Grader find out your twitter grade. Computed based on how complete your profile is as well as the number and influence of your followers.
  49. Tweet Stats Graph your tweet activity
  50. Twinfluence Measure your Twitter influence through tweets, reach of followers as well as second-order followers
  51. Tweeple Twak Track your friend gains and declines
  52. Twit Graph Graph your tweeting activity
  53. Tweet 140 Track your direct message and tweet frequency
  54. Twitter Ratio Find out your friend to follower ratio.
  55. Twit Kit Integrate Twitter with your Firefox browser. This plugin can work on Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also customize the look to fit your tastes.
  56. Twitterfox Find out the statuses of your friends on Twitter right on your Firefox browser
  57. Shareaholic Share webpages with your friends on Twitter. Can be integrated with your Firefox Browser
  58. Twitbin Receive and send tweets at the side of your Firefox browser
  59. Firefox Search Plugin Find out how you can post to Twitter right from your Firefox search bar
  60. Twitterbar Post to Twitter via the address bar
  61. Tweetbar A twitter sidebar for Firefox and Flock
  62. Twippera Twitter widget for Opera
  63. Power Twitter Twitter plugin for Firefox that have photo and video sharing capabilities.
  64. Yoono Firefox add-on that add different social networks to your browser
  65. Twitzer Firefox plugin that let you post more than 140 characters.
  66. Twitterlights Firefox addon that lets you Tweet any page you see.
  67. Twitterbook Post to twitter like Bookmarking
  68. Twitterline Displays your friend’s public timeline on your toolbar
  69. Maxthon This is a toolbar you can download so you can tweet via your browser
  70. Twitter Buzz See the most popular links on Twitter

Please do understand that this is NOT meant to be a complete list of ALL the Twitter applications out there. Hence help me complete my collection by pointing out applications I may have missed, by commenting below and I would be glad to add them to the list. Happy Tweeting!;)