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Advertise On Any Post With! sent me an email this morning about the new ability to allow people to advertise on popular posts on my websites.

This is awesome because some of my sites are full with 10/10 advertisers and therefore fully monetized with This new product will allow me to continue to monetize by writing popular posts.

This will be perfect for people that are popular with Digg or people who have a very strong and loyal following.

Personally I can’t wait to find out more about how it works and to see it in action. I’m sure there will be some bugs to work out, but TLA has awesome support and usually can resolve an issue within a day.

By |April 10th, 2007|Make Money Online, News|0 Comments

WANTED: Current or Former Salesman, Sales Manager or F&I Manager in the Auto Industry

If you have worked at a car dealership (or used car lot) then you know how much money their is in the auto industry. It is nothing for a dealership to spend $100k on a weekend sale and they’ll probably earn more than twice that amount if the sale is well executed!

That same volume of money is available on the internet in the auto industry. There are many ways to capitalize on that market, and I have found a pretty interesting one.

If you fit the profile of having worked, or currently work in the auto industry then I want to work with you to develop a website targeted to consumers.

Don’t worry if you are currently employed, this is an anonymous writing position. You’ll be able to write about your experiences (past and present) and also be able to pass along valuable information to consumers.

If this is you, email me at for more info.

By |April 10th, 2007|News|0 Comments

Someone’s Stealing My Content!

I just got a few trackbacks from a site that is using the same theme I’m using, and he is duplicating my content!

I emailed the lamer listed on the whois, Ricky Ford, and told him that the DMCA prevented content theft. I also emailed his host and GoDaddy, his registrar. GoDaddy is the only one who has responded.

Here is my email to him:

ATTN: Ricky Ford
808 W Mackenzie
Hobbs, NM 88240

I don’t know why, but you seem to have stolen a few pages of my content for your site at ***(don’t want to link to the stolen content).

According to the DMCA ( you are breaking the law by stealing my intellectual property.

I am also sending this to your host DimeNoc because DMCA Title II states that they will not be held responsible for theft if they, “promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder’s agent.”

I will also send this to GoDaddy because I am sure they are not aware that you are using them to register domains in an attempt to steal content. Since they are an online service provider, they also fall under DMCA Title II and will be exempted from any further actions if they remove the content.

I hope this can end without further actions needing to be taken.

Brandon Hopkin

GoDaddy (whom I’ve already expressed my dislike for) emailed me their response:

Thank you for contacting the Spam and Abuse Department.

We are not the hosting provider for this site. We are the domain name registrar only. We have neither access to, nor jurisdiction over the content on this site.
The web hosting provider for this website is the company responsible for policing this content and is required to respond to Copyright complaints as outlined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

And then some more blah blah blah. Of course I responded (because I read Title II of the DMCA) and told GoDaddy:

The DMCA reads, “DMCA Title II, the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (“OCILLA”) creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they adhere to and qualify for certain prescribed safe harbor guidelines and promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder’s agent.”

GoDaddy is an online service provider, that is now allowing the site *** to steal content.

Is GoDaddy not an online service provider?

So in my opinion anyone who is an online service provider is required (in order to hide behind the “safe harbor” guideline) is liable for “blocking” access or “removing” such material. GoDaddy could block that material by changing the nameservers.

GoDaddy has yet to respond and so has Ricky Ford and his host DimeNoc. His email address is listed as which seems to be just a hosting template.

We’ll see how this ends up, I really don’t want to have to get a lawyer to figure all of this out, but theft is theft.

Then again, as my wife reminds me, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Then I remind her that theft is, “Illegal taking of another person’s property without that person’s freely-given consent.

UPDATE: All stolen content has been removed.  He is using someone elses RSS feed to duplicate their content, but that isn’t my issue anymore!

By |April 7th, 2007|News|4 Comments

Google Split Testing Adsense

Ok, I’ve seen this in about 4 different situations now, all here on this blog. Look at the two adsense blocks below. They both came from this post about Namecheap coupons for April 2007.Adsense new formatAdsense old format

Notice the placement of the “Ads by Google” on the left ad. Also notice the lack of color. I don’t think the placement will matter much, but the lack of color will definitely help the ads blend into the layout of the page. For most of my sites, that is most important.

What do you think about these two different ads?

By |April 2nd, 2007|News|5 Comments