Archive for August, 2007

Parksville Sandcastle Competition

Friday, August 31st, 2007

On Sunday we drove out to Parksville, which is about a 2 hour drive from Colwood, each way. We went to the Parksville Beach Festival (or Sandcastle Competition) which featured sand castles designed and created by professionals. I’m not sure what it takes to become a professional, but the sandcastles looked great! Some of the pictures that I took are below, and you can see more (and better) pictures on Dave’s post.

I honestly don’t know how the judges make their decisions on which entries win the competition, because most of them were really impressive. There were three team entries, and a bunch of single entries. Each team had a total of 23 hours over 3 days. Parksville’s Sandcastle Competition has been a tradition since 1982, and seems to be a popular event.

Some of the pictures are a bit blurry because I had my camera in manual focus mode, and I thought it was in automatic so I didn’t bother focusing. Sigh. Oh well, some of them still turned out, and the other ones I can live without.

BearsDragonIndianMan Eating Plant

Man Reading

Puppy

Sandcastle Apples

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NeverBlueAds and Murchies

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Today Venter and I went to downtown Victoria to meet with our affiliate manager from NeverBlueAds and his team leader. We were walking down the sidewalk and Dave recognized our affiliate manager from a picture on the website, so he introduced us. We walked to Japanese Village (they need a new website!), and ate lunch. I had Beef and Chicken Teriyaki or something, and it was pretty good.

We talked about a range of stuff in the affiliate marketing world, and where we are and where want to go in the industry. I had a good time, and it was nice to meet and network with some new people. I’m looking forward to running some of their offers.

After lunch Dave took me to Murchie’s and bought me some South American coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker, it’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t care to pay $5 to drink it everyday. I prefer ordering cold drinks such as the Iced Cappuccino from Tim Hortons, or something from Blenz. The coffee was pretty good though, thanks Dave!

Vacationing In Colwood

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

21st Birthday
I meant to post a few posts on various topics in the past few weeks, but I’ve been very busy with web development, and finishing off work. I’ve also been doing some work for a couple of clients. One of the posts was to celebrate my 21st birthday, which was August 5th. Happy Birthday to me! Some friends and I went to see the Bourne Ultimatum 3, which I thought was a good ending to the Bourne trilogy. After we went to Boston Pizza, then ended up at my place.

Vacation
I am currently vacationing in Colwood BC, a suburb of Victoria. It is quite nice here, my buddy Dave Venter was kind enough to let me stay at his place. We’ve been doing a lot of relaxing, and have also been working on our various websites. I’ll post pictures when I get back.

New Websites

I have launched 25 new websites in the past week. One of them is a blog. If there is one thing I hate doing, it is writing content. Once the blog gets going, I’m going to outsource it to a good writer that I know of. I’m doing a lot of social bookmarking, pinging, and other methods of promotion on these sites.

Nice Domain
A few weeks ago I purchased a PR3 domain from someone on the DigitalPoint forums for $15, and it expires in 2009. I didn’t want to let it sit there empty, but I didn’t have the time to properly develop it. I scraped a couple of articles in the niche, and then I threw up an offer from AzoogleAds. I let it sit for awhile, then I log in a couple of days ago and was surprised to see $25.55 from that site, from one conversion. I’ve been promoting this site a bit, and am thinking about how I should develop the domain. One of the previous owners of the domain did a LOT of promotion on the domain, on Digg, Reddit, as well as setting up several related blogspot blogs with content, linking to the domain. The site ranks well for the content I have on it, and I plan on developing this domain.

Affiliate Marketing
I’m not going to give much of an update in this area at the moment, I have some long-term projects that I working on that I’m keeping hush-hush, for good reason. Once I start heavily promoting them, I will be giving stat updates.

School
College starts next week, I’m not sure exactly what my living conditions will be. I will either be living in Dorms, or at home. It depends on whether I get accepted into the dorms or not, I find out Tuesday, which is when school probably starts. If I don’t get into the dorms, then I will have to commute. Public transportation will suck, and I would have to get up 2 hours earlier. All that I can say, is that it will be an interesting year.

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Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

This morning we were able to see the lunar eclipse. I took some pictures, most of them blurry as I didn’t bring my tripod with me. I also took two videos, but it was too dark so it is pretty hard to see anything.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth gets directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the light that normally reflects off the moon. This was the second lunar eclipse of 2007.

I found the video below on youtube, which is from the lunar eclipse earlier this year.

(Removed embedded video because it messed up my layout in Firefox)

Link to Video

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Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Every year for as long as I can remember, the HSBC Celebration of Light has taken place in Downtown Vancouver. It’s a well known event, and hundreds of thousands of people come out and watch them. The fireworks take place on four different nights in a two week period, on the Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Every year I watch them at least once, but this year twice and saw Canada and the Finale. I headed down both times with my friend Dave Venter. For the Finale we brought one of my cameras with us, and took some pictures and video clips, I’ve posted some of my pictures below. You can see a video of the end of the fireworks, on Dave’s post…..

I enjoy going to the fireworks, and I think that it is great for the lower mainland to have something to look forward to every summer. Just before I was going to write this post, I checked my rss feeds and I read Jeff Kee’s post regarding the event. He made some excellent points, but I disagree with some of the stuff he said.

The fireworks are cool, but I just like getting out of my neighborhood and taking transit downtown with friends and doing something. Vancouver needs to have alternative events like the fireworks that draw people. The fireworks should keep happening, but more events should be created to supplement the fireworks.

Some pictures that I took below. Be warned, some of them are slightly blurry, be warned. Click on the thumbnail for a bigger version.

Blenz

Vancouver

Vancouver

Sunset

Fireworks

My Network Updates

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Few Left Standing
I have changed the blog theme again, to something more simple. I installed the All In One SEO Pack plugin for Wordpress, along with the Related Posts plugin. I’ve also installed the Wordpress Auto Updater plugin, which is going to save me a lot of time updating my various sites running on Wordpress.

Pagerank update is very imminent, and I am confident that my blog will achieve a PR of 5. Well, that’s what I’m hoping, anyway.

New blog
I’m working on a new blog. I’ve purchased the domain from someone, it was registered in 2005. I’ve installed Wordpress, a nice theme, and a some plugins for it. I’m currently writing some posts for it, and I will post the url here once I get it started.

It is a nice niche, and once the site starts getting a lot of traffic, I will work on starting a forum for it.

My Forum
The forum is actually doing well, I’ve been letting it simmer for awhile. The developer of the custom script finally answered me, and let me know that I didn’t have one of the files chmod’d properly! Doh! Now the script is working properly, and I can move on with promoting the forum.

There are a few new members that are bringing some other members back to the forum, this is because Email Notification is on by default, so when new members reply to slightly older threads, everyone who posted in that thread receives an email. Most people don’t bother to turn it off.

I’m still looking at a few different monetization methods for the forum, as most web developers know, forums can be the hardest type of site to monetize. I’m planning on a mix of pay per click advertisements, and affiliate offers.

Along with all of the above, I’m working on several other sites, all in different stages of completion. One of them is another forum, which is already ready to go, I’m just waiting until September to launch it. There is a small bug that I need to fix, regarding the quote system.