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How Google helps me...

I have recently working with some new tools to work with Google's services, which ultimately should bring more traffic to my site and also earn me loads of money. Ideally, both simultaneously.

First, Google Adsense. I mentioned that I sussed it last week, for the most part, but also that I live in fear that ads that compete with my own site would appear on my site. For example, when I talk in a blog posting (like what you're reading now) or when I talk of web hosting or web design and build, will competitors' ads appear? Look around this page. You might see ads about free blogs, free web hosting or free web design and build. Great. I'm sure it's excellent value, but you know I'm better than all of them. I simply am not stupid enough nor rich enough to buy my own Adwords.

So, how much have I lost in this process? It's hard to tell specifically, but maybe not too hard. So far, one person out of the 120-180 visitors that appear each day over the past week has clicked on a Google ad. I really hope it wasn't for hosting or blogging or something like that, and that the person didn't subsequently find that they could get for free the services that I normally charge several tens of thousand of your earth pounds for.

The benefit that I've gained by the one click by the way, is about 47p or so. Don't tell the taxman.

Secondly, Google Sitemaps. Google has this great new way of getting you to supply them with pointers about what you'd like them to index on your site with some indication from you about how often the content changes. It's one of those win-win situations where the effort you make to help Google's bots to crawl your site, should help ensure you get listed in their pages appropriately. From Google:

Warning!

Alergy advice. Who'd have thought

It's Launched!

Shuttle Launch Screen ShotThis has been one of the most gripping shuttle launches I've ever been through, and I've not even seen it on TV. Thanks to the wonders of the interweb, I've been viewing static images 30 seconds or more after they were taken in glorious web-resolution style. The wonders of modern technogy, eh? Moving pictures are over-rated.

Click here to re-live MY excitement!

My World Cup runneth over!!!

I couldn't help myself - I had to rip this bit of yesterday's Broadcasting House on Radio 4.

It's only a 1.6mb mp3 audio download - a one minute, forty-five second playback. Strangely, I couldn't seem to find it on the podcast, but did grab it from the Real Audio stream.

Click here for the download.

Hannah Jurado, Mission Controller

A Space Shuttle LaunchClick Image Hannah Jurado is the step-daughter of my great friend Randy Villines. Randy and I were pals in the US Air Force. He married Julieta in 1985 and Hannah must have been about eight or nine years old.

When I received a Powerpoint presentation about the imminent launch of Space Shuttle Discovery and that this would be Hannah's first flight as a Shuttle and Space Station Controller, I was so happy for her and her family and thought I'd turn it into a slideshow you can view on the web.

Click here to open a new window with her slide show.

Well done, Hannah!!!

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