Monthly Archives: October 2006

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO): Demystifying The Black Art

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a black art to a lot of people. Anyone publishing content online that is looking for a lot of exposure for their product, service or general announcement really need to know about it. The unfortunate reality is that most people don’t know about SEO and those that do, know that they should do it but don’t really know what it is.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to release a series of short, simple to understand posts about what search engine optimisation is and how it roughly works. Through these simple posts, I’m hoping to demystify the black art of search engine optimisation a little so that the less savvy content publishers can understand it and start taking advantage of it.

Below is a short list of some of the items that are going to be covered:

  • HTML <title> element
  • HTML heading (<hX>) elements
  • Content
  • URL nomenclature
  • Keywords
  • HTML <meta> data
  • HTML markup
  • Images
  • Inbound links
  • Outbound links
  • Intersite links

Google Adsense Fluffer

Google Adsense payment after running Adsense for approximately 75 daysIn the middle of July, I thought it seemed like a good idea to see what all the fuss was about regarding Google Adsense.

After adding the simple snippets of JavaScript into my WordPress templates, I immediately started to earn through it. The first few days were very sketchy, earning me under USD$0.50 per day and then it slowly picked up. Roughly two months later and Google Adsense is consistently earning over USD$1.00 per day and I currently have an average earning of, wait for it – USD$1.58 per day!

Though the numbers are no where near as impressive as some of the internets biggest Google Adsense whores, it makes a difference. My web host charges me AUD$15.00/month, so in approximately two and a half months – Google Adsense has essentially paid for an entire years worth of hosting!

A thank you must go out to Google for providing such a simple advertising medium for content publishers and the sites readers for clicking an advertisement as they passed through the site.

PyMissile, The Python Missile Control Centre

I think I’ve found one of the coolest Python projects to date, its called PyMissile and is a Python script which can control a Marks & Spencer USB Missile Launcher on Linux.

PyMissile is written by Scott Weston and he has some videos of his missile launchers being simultaneously controlled by PyMissile. What is even cooler, is that Scott says he has implemented motion detection sentry functionality using a webcam and can also control his missile collection remotely via XML-RPC.

If you’re interested, check out the Python source code. I certainly haven’t grokked Python but the Python language is so readable that it’ll make sense to most people.

Australian Idol 2006 Contestants: The Real Contenders

Following on from a suggestion by Andrew, below is my priority ranked view of the current crop of Australian Idol 2006 contestants.

Bobby Flynn

Bobby Flynn, there is so much to say about him; but he has to be one of the single most unique artists I’ve heard in a long time. I absolutely love his weird, eclectic singing style – its unpredictable and possibly raw. Whatever it is, I hope like hell he doesn’t change and one of the major labels picks him up and just encourages him to do his thing because its fresh, different, unique and awesome.

Lavina Williams

Lavina, what an incredible voice. I’d go as far to say that Lavina’s voice is of a higher quality than her older sisters. I think throughout the show, Lavina has delivered some amazing performances which show cases her amazing power and it is a damn shame she was voted out of Australian Idol so early.

Jessica Mauboy

Jessica has a fabulous voice with a great range, it seems effortless for her to deliver great vocals. I personally think she also have excellent enunciation when she sings as well; which isn’t always the case. After getting hit pretty hard by Kyle, she really bounced back and stepped up to the plate. I always seem to be reminding myself that she is so young, she’ll be an impressive force in the coming years.

Damien Leith

Damien has a smooth strong voice with an incredible falsetto. Damien’s falsetto is up there with the best of them; it certainly isn’t out of place in my eyes to list him beside someone like Darren Hayes and that in itself is an accomplishment. The great thing about Damien is that he doesn’t have to always sing high, he has a great mid-range voice as well, which since his high is so high, a superb range.

Chris Murphy

Chris has a great rock voice, its rough and definitely not pretty but the course tones match well when he digs in. I think he needs the support of Australia simply because we aren’t producing anywhere near enough rock artists anymore. Thankfully with the recent resurgence of Australian Rock via bands such as Jet; Chris won’t be alone if Australia lends him a little support.

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa is quite young but is already establishing her own unique singing style, I’d put it somewhere between a Missy Higgins and an Avril Lavigne. I like the fact that she is at home with her guitar and that really does suit her style of singing; which was evident by the constant criticism from Mark about her walking or strolling without purpose on the stage. I think in the years to come, it’d be nice to see Lisa Mitchell find her place in the Australian or great music scene.

Guy Mutton

Guy “Mutto” Mutton, quite a unique character. I thought he had something, I just don’t know what that something was. He delivered quite a few solid performances while he was on the show but I’m not confident that his singing style would be enough to sell records; which is the name of the game.

Klancie Keough

Klancie Keough had a great voice singing within her comfort zone, unfortunately for her Australian Idol demands that contestants sing various genre. Klancie by no means did a horrible job of singing outside of her preferred country style but her other performances weren’t quite as strong and in the end I think it caught up with her.

Dean Geyer

Dean has a pretty solid voice and has been fantastic throughout Australian Idol at actioning the judges criticism and comments each week. Unfortunately Dean doesn’t seem to have what it takes to make me pay attention when he is singing, he isn’t delivering anything to really catch my attention. At the moment, I would say he is being voted through by the teenybopper factor though in the future his delivery might change and I’d connect with his performances more.

Joseph Gatehau

Just didn’t do a thing for me at all, unfortunately I found it plain old boring.

Reigan Derry

Reigan didn’t really do a lot for me. I put Reigan into a similar category to Ricky Muscat, nice voice but I found her kind of boring to watch and listen to. In her case, I don’t think she brings anything to the table that hasn’t been done before; especially since she doesn’t have the versatility of some of the other performers.

Ricky Muscat

I personally find Ricky Muscat very boring to listen to; what frustrates me is that I don’t quite know why. He has a reasonable voice but I just find it uninteresting, I never seem to find any sort of connection with either what he is singing or his singing style. I’m surprised he has managed to get through this far in Australian Idol, though I think that can be attributed to the teenybopper factor.

Why I Love YouTube

I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a YouTube user, however YouTube really does offer a fantastic service to the community.

On Tuesday night I play squash and as such, I missed the Up Close & Personal instalment of Australian Idol. I was really looking forward to it; Bobby Flynn, Lisa Mitchell and Jessica Mauboy were bound to put on a good show.

Thankfully, some kind YouTube user has been encoding all of the performances of Australian Idol 2006 and uploading them onto YouTube.

Below are a couple of my favourite Bobby Flynn performances: