Text Link Ads

Well some of you may have noticed the Featured Sites section on the side of the site. That is because I signed up for Text Link Ads last night. To my surprise my site was instantly approved. I’ve heard of a lot of other blogs have had a hard time getting accepted. Maybe I’m just lucky?

Anyways after I was accepted I had to get the ad code to put on my site. Text Link Ads makes it really easy for anyone to get the ad code working on their site. Whether you are using WordPress or Blogger they make it extremely easy to do. Of course this site uses WordPress so I selected that. From there are you asked how many links you want, link color, background color, and border color. After you set these values you are given a WordPress plugin to download. Just go ahead and upload the plugin to your WordPress plugins directory. Then just go into your dashboard and enable the plugin. Finally add <?php tla_ads(); ?> into your side bar. It’s that easy!

One reason I really like Text Link Ads is that they are not obtrusive like banner ads or contextual ads. They are off to the side of the page and really do not get in the way of your reading. If you are interested in buying a featured link on my site you can do that for free! That’s right Text Link Ads is giving away $100 in free text links! You can click here to signup or click on the banner below.

Text Link Ads

Another good thing about Text Link Ads is that they go out and get advertisers. You just sit back and collect the money. This is great because I’m way to busy as it is! They just get a cut of what they sell the links on your site for. That’s fine with me because I did nothing!If you want to signup for Text Link Ads you can do that here. Everything from signing up to implementing the ad code has been very easy. Good Luck!

Text Link Ads

Vote for a new Star Wars Stamp

Last week when Ashley and I were down at the Waterfront I walked by a mailbox and I had to do a double take. When I looked for the second time I was like, “It’s R2D2!!”. Ashley was wondering why I was so excited. Of course she is not a Star Wars fan like I am. Luckily I had my camera with me so I got a shot of the mailbox, which you see above. The mailbox had a URL on it uspsjedimaster.com. So when we got home I went to the site and saw what it was all about. So it looks like the US postal service is going to come out with a Star Wars stamp.

The cool thing about it is you get to pick out of 15 stamps for the one that will actually become the real stamp. This is the second time in history that the USPS has let people choose which stamp they will issue. Also USPS is offering Star Wars express mail pre-paid 3 packs. There is also a sweepstakes where you can win a grand prize VIP trip for four to Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, May 24-28. The new Star Was stamp will be available at your local post office on May 25 and online at usps.com. You can vote once daily for the stamp you like. My pick is the X-Wing Starfighter what is yours?

The Digg Effect

Well a lot of people have e-mailed me as well as left comments asking me how much of a traffic boost the digg gave ThinkGaming. Well first off ThinkGaming was barely doing any real traffic, maybe about 100 uniques a day. That is mainly because I haven’t had much time to work on it and it was mostly news posts no real articles or anything like that.

As you can see from the graph above the Digg caused a huge traffic spike. Over 16,000 uniques in one day. That is sure a big boost from 100 uniques a day! Getting digg’s is always a great way for traffic, but they do not happen that often. You really have to rely on good content and constant content. If you want to have good constant traffic you have to keep your site updated. This has been the hard part with ThinkGaming. Right now I am running ThinkComputers, ThinkGaming, and one other site along with this blog. I am the only one doing all of the work so I have to post all the news, do all the reviews, respond to e-mails etc. I have to do this and still make time for my girlfriend and some free time! Let’s just say this is a hard thing to do!

Since the digg I have been managing to keep ThinkGaming updated. I have been making around 2 posts a day, which is nothing compared to the larger gaming sites, but hey I’m one person! Hopefully these constant updates will keep people coming back. I also plan to write at least 3 – 4 articles a month. Let’s see if I can keep that goal!

ThinkGaming gets a Digg!

Well as a lot of you may have noticed all of my sites including this one were basically down last night. The reason for this is because my favorite video game easter eggs article made the front page of digg. Now ThinkComputers can take a digg without a problem, but TG is based off wordpress which uses a mysql database. ThinkComputers does not use a database at all. My setup is just one server for both http and sql so the box got overloaded. I will be purchasing a second server and have them load balanced.

The digg was a good test to see just how well the server could handle things. I was 90% sure the article would make it to that front page. Here were a few reasons.

Well it was Easter! Just look at the title, people are definitely gonna digg it just because of the title and its easter!

There was no other story like it. I checked digg before I submitted the story. It’s pointless to try to submit a story if there are duplicates. Luckily no one had thought of the idea. Not very often that happens on the internet!

The last thing that gave me an edge was that the story was not the best game easter eggs of all time (there are tons of articles like that), it was a list of my favorite that I actually experienced. This sort of personal feel to the story will bring back memories for other gamers of their favorite easter eggs and they will digg it just for that. You can see in the comments a lot of people were pointing out their favorites.

Hopefully this digg will get ThinkGaming some return visitors. Now I just have to think of more interesting articles to write!

Busy Weekend!

Well it’s been a busy weekend for me. Most of you probably have been relaxing since it is a holiday weekend. I have been working! First off I wrote a very cool article about my favorite video game easter eggs over at ThinkGaming. Make sure you check it out and digg it too! Of course I went to the parents for the family dinner. It was good to see my relatives and eat a nice home cooked meal. My mom always makes great food so you can’t pass it up! Finally most of my day today was taken up by testing video cards. I just posted the review of the ASUS EAX1950PRO video card on ThinkComputers so check that out as well. Hope everyone has a good holiday weekend, its back to work for me!