alexking.org Archives

  1. Trying Rubicon

    I’m not finding as much time to experiment with things on this site as much as I’d like, but I did switch over from Google AdSense to Rubicon to try them out (on Micah‘s recommendation). I turned off things I thought would be too annoying: Audio Ads, False Message Ads, Shaky/Flashing Ads and Windows Dialog…

  2. 2007 in Review

    Welcome to my third annual year in review post. January – I begin offering premium support and TechStars is announced. I start helping RedMonk in their site update efforts, PHP Tag Engine reaches 1.0, I release a variety of WordPress plugin updates and we upgrade the Use Tasks service. February – I get to release…

  3. Comment Spam Multiplier

    There are a number of sites that are harvesting the RSS feed of the comments on this site for SPLOGS. I know this because they send pingbacks when they post the content on their sites. This has been getting worse for me over the last few months – anyone else seeing it? It’s annoying to…

  4. Goodbye Kontera

    I’ve turned off the Kontera in-text ads that had been shown to people on their first page load if they came in from a search engine. Frankly, I’d forgotten I still had them on since I hardly ever saw them, and the income wasn’t enough to offset the bad impression they made on many visitors.…

  5. Vacation

    I’m in Hawaii for the next week, and am going to do my best to not work or be online too much while I’m here. Posting here and e-mail response time will definitely be impacted. Aloha.

  6. Friendly Search URLs

    I’ve recently gotten several e-mails asking how I created my friendly search URLs here on alexking.org (also used on the Crowd Favorite web site, etc.); I figured others might be interested in this as well. It’s really rather simple, there are just a couple of places to make changes. Note: you must be using nice…

  7. Free Magazines

    I was approached by TradePub a little while back to see if I wanted to be one of their “free magazine” affiliates. From what I gather, it’s basically the exchange of marketing information about you for free magazines – some of which are pretty useful reads. I imagine this will be an attractive offer to…

  8. Server Move Imminent

    This web site (along with crowdfavorite.net, etc. everything except crowdfavorite.net which will be transitioned next week) will be moving to a new (faster) server this afternoon. Apologies in advance for any downtime. If you use OpenDNS, you probably won’t notice a thing. I’ll update this post when the migration is complete. UPDATE: This is the…

  9. Bouncing my Web Sites

    I moved to a new SVN server yesterday so I’ll be bouncing my web sites a bit today as I get them all set on SVN checkouts from the new server. If one of my sites isn’t available, please check back in a few minutes. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience. UPDATE 4:25pm MDT: alexking.org…

  10. The Twitter Effect

    Twitter has had an interesting effect on my blogging over the last few months: Things that used to turn into short blog posts are often being distilled down to a couple sentences and sent to Twitter instead. Of course, this results in fewer blog posts and more Twitter updates. The posts that do find their…

  11. Building alexking.org 2.0, part 11: Monetization

    Note: This is the eleventh (and last) in a series of articles about the building of alexking.org 2.0. When I first launched alexking.org back in 2002, I didn’t plan to make any money from it or do any advertising on it. I remember friends telling me I should put up ads when I was slashdotted…

  12. Building alexking.org 2.0, part 10: CMS Benefits

    Note: This is the tenth in a series of articles about the building of alexking.org 2.0. I’ve covered a lot of the benefits to having your entire site in a single CMS earlier in this series, but let me quickly highlight them again here. Flexibility With the content completely separated from the presentation, you can…

  13. alexking.info, Themed

    As noted previously, I’m using Tumblr for my tumblog. On of the cool things Tumblr allows you to do is create a custom theme for your tumblog – which I’ve done: It basically matches the theme you see here on alexking.org, but the navigation menu at the top has links out to the sources for…