Win a Free Revolution Premium WordPress Theme

Revolution WordPress Tech Theme

For all of you that missed the last fantastic Revolution WordPress theme giveaway, here is another chance for you to win one.

Many thanks to McBilly, who is hosting this fabulous contest. McBilly is a freelance web designer so be sure to check out his portfolio when you stop by his blog.

The winner of this contest will win a WordPress Revolution Tech Theme by the talented designer Brian Gardner. This WordPress theme will breathe new life into your blog with it’s magazine styled look. It’s more suitable for tech-based blog but you can get creative and customize it as much as you want.

You can see the Revolution Tech theme implemented here at Smart Home Gadgets!

Revolution WordPress theme sells for $79.95. Enter the contest and get it for FREE! The winner will be announced on February 5.

Maybe I’ll win! Good luck to you all.

Drive Traffic with Social Shopping

Wikipedia defines “social shopping” as “a method of e-commerce in which consumers shop in a social networking environment.


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Social shopping sites are a brilliant blend of social networking and e-commerce. Combining two of the Internet’s biggest activities, social shoppers engage in commerce along with socializing with like-minded people. The intent of social shopping sites is not to sell anything at all, just to provide a comfy environment where you can share great bargains, as well as advice about products that are great and not so great.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you are already familiar with the likes of Facebook.com and MySpace.com. Well, social shopping sites have followed in those footsteps, creating networking environments that are colorful and invite sharing of personal information, lists of friends, and interests.

Some notable social shopping sites include – I’m sure we’ll see many more of these in the coming year:

  • Kaboodle: Kaboodle is a social shopping community where people discover, recommend and share products. Kaboodle’s powerful shopping tools allow people to organize their shopping through lists, discover new things from people with similar style, get discounts on popular products and find best prices. More than 2 million unique monthly visitors.
    It’s super easy to register and get started.You can install the Kaboodle widget in your brower’s toolbar to easily add any product web page or web site to your Kaboodle list. Recently acquired by Hearst Corp.
  • ThisNext: Real recommendations from real people. We blend two powerful elements of real-world shopping otherwise lost for online consumers: word-of-mouth recommendations from trusted sources and the ability to browse products in the way that naturally leads to discovery.
  • Wishpot: Wishpot is a free social shopping service that makes it easy to save and share interesting things you find in stores and online.
  • Stylehive: The Stylehive is a global social shopping community, dedicated to discovering and sharing the most exciting products, the stores that sell them, and the people that find them.

If you have an Internet-based business, be sure to participate in social shopping networks. At least join up and monitor the activity around your products.

According to Hitwise, the market research company, social shopping is still a small corner of the Internet and accounts for fewer than 1 percent of all U.S. Web visits. However, social shopping sites took an eightfold leap in 2007.

And, don’t forget that fewer than 1 percent is still millions of people. You simply cannot ignore that!

So, if you have an Internet business, get busy and involved with social shopping to gain more exposure to your products, and monitor activity surrounding your product.

If you are a shopper, get ready to find even more great products and spend lots money through all the great recommendations you’ll find in social shopping!

IAMWW W2 DnD WordPress Theme 3 Column

3 column wordpress theme iamww

The IAMWW W2 DnD WordPress 3 column theme (that was a mouthful!) built on a grid layout, with a white, gray and blue color scheme.

Features:

  • Fixed width with an overall width of 920px.
  • Widget ready.
  • Horizontal top navigation.
  • A grid based layout with one right-hand sidebar that also contains two smaller sub-sidebars.
  • A JavaScript sliding drawer or shelf for browsing categories.
  • An about me or about site blurb at the top of the sidebar that is only displayed on the home page.
  • Includes an archives template page.
  • Compatible with WordPress 2.0+.
  • There is no options page with this theme.
  • No plugins are required.
  • Validates as (X)HTML and CSS.

Supported plugins (optional):

  • Popularity Contest – Download and install per author’s instructions.
  • Related Posts – Download and install per author’s instructions. No special configuration needed.

The theme was tested in Firefox (Mac, Linux and Windows), Internet Explorer 7, Opera (Mac) and Safari (Mac and Windows).

What I like about the IAMWW 3 column WordPress theme:

At the top, just below the header on the right, click the Browse button. A Category menu drops down, and fills the width of the theme. The Category menu includes the Category name and number of posts. A nice looking feature that the reader can hide or show.

wordpress theme browse categories

The front page shows excerpts from recent articles as opposed to the full article. The title fonts are REALLY BIG! They stand out.

There are lots of ad placement possibilities with the right-most column. This column starts out as one column at the top and splits into two columns below. A nice touch.

Thank Will Wilkins for the IAMWW W2 Dnd WordPress theme 3 column (split).

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News: A Magazine Style WordPress Theme

News a new kind of WordPress theme

News is a new type of magazine style WordPress theme by Quommunication. News WordPress theme sports a clean look that focuses mainly on, well, news about the topic you blog about.

When you click on any particular category, the category results list features the latest news item in that category within a cool looking colored area so it really stands out. Other features include:

  • Clean & Well Commented Code
  • Valid & Cross-Browser Compatible
  • No Images, Just CSS
  • Popular Posts & Comments
  • Tags & Tag Cloud
  • Sub-Category Support
  • No Plugins Needed
  • Widget Ready
  • Customization Support

The News magazine style WordPress theme will set you back $75. Quommunication has no affiliate program at this time and no immediate plans to implement one.

When I first saw the News WordPress theme, something about it was quite appealing to. So I took myself on a grand tour of the demo blog to really get inside the goods. It is lightening fast! No waiting for graphics to load.

Maybe I have fallen victim to a little Internet “A-D-D” but I found the News theme a little boring about 4 clicks into it. Sure, there was lots to read but I needed something more to look at. Or maybe I just got a little spoiled drooling over Brian Gardner’s magazine themes.

Still, if you are looking for a fast loading WordPress theme, with a clean plain look, then give News a try.

Are you ready for News?

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Martin Luther King’s Famous Speech, “I Have a Dream”

Today is Martin Luther King Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial equality in the 1950′s and the 1960′s. Thrust into the national spotlight in Birmingham, where he was arrested and jailed, King organized a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he evoked the name of Lincoln in his “I Have a Dream” speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The next year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The following is the full version video of Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Getting a New Spin on Articles

Spunwrite for article rewriting

Do you find yourself spending too much time rewriting articles? Maybe you are rewriting articles from a private label article service, an old article that you want to re-publish elsewhere, or some other reason.

SpunWrite is the ultimate article rewriting service. SpunWrite uses real people, not software to rewrite articles that are submitted. When you submit an article, it’s sent out in pieces to the content writers, so no one writer ever sees your entire article. You can order 1, 2, 3, or more versions of any one article.

Article spinning by SpunWrite is unique and well done, a high-quality service. I usually get articles back within 12 hours of submission.

I do not receive any money to post this article about SpunWrite. They just provide a great service well worth mentioning.

WordPress Theme Giveaway!

It’s a new year and time to start thinking about a WordPress  ”theme-lift” for your blog. There are hundreds of free WordPress themes but the best things in life are not always free!

Two of my favorite WordPress theme designers are part of a WordPress theme giveaway hosted by BloggingMix. Yes – you can win a theme created by Brian Gardner or R. Bhavesh.

The contest winners will be announced by BloggingMix on January 28, 2008. So get over to the BloggingMix contest and enter!

Here are the rules:

Since the giveaways are WordPress Themes, only bloggers using the WordPress platform are qualified to participate. To get a chance to win these fabulous Wordpress themes, all you have to do is:

  1. Make a short post about the giveaway so that others may know.
  2. Included in your post is a review of the WordPress theme that you want to win.
  3. Don’t forget to link to the contest page and the WordPress theme of your choice.
  4. Lastly, leave a comment at the contest page with a link to your review.

I want to win this feature-rich, fabulous looking Revolution Magazine theme by Brian Gardner.

Brian Gardner Revolution magazine theme

Revolution Magazine theme is very customizable and includes an enhanced featured video location on the theme. The front page features 3 columns, with the right-most column splitting into 2 columns on the lower part of the page. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how much I LOVE this style.

You can feature articles in the left column with larger photos, and other supporting articles in the center column with smaller photos. The right column has a spot for a video and other ad spaces with the usual archives and categories below in the 2 column area. Another nice touch are the text menus across the top, just below the header.

Brian also provides tutorials for his WordPress themes and answers all his emails.

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Overall, a great job! I really want the Revolution Magazine theme by Brian Gardner! By the way, my WordPress blog is now wearing Brian Gardner’s Silhouette WordPress Theme, 3 column. 

 Go now, and participate in the contest!

WordPress Plugin for YouTube Adsense Video Units

Adsense Video Unit Youtube

If you added the Adsense Video Unit code to your WordPress blog and saw something like this as a hyperlink:

Watch the latest videos on YouTube.com

then you need the WordPress plugin to make it work correctly in WordPress. Why you ask? WordPress is not javascript friendly and the Adsense Video Units use javascript rather then the usual “embed” tag you usually see when pasting YouTube code.

Head over to Ottodestruct and grab the WordPress plugin that will magically allow the Adsense Video Unit to work in your WordPress blog. After you install the plugin, you should be able to see the Adsense Video Unit (like you hopefully see in this post.) as pictured above.

The plugin works great except that it interferes with other plugins in my blog! So I won’t be keeping it active for too long!  I removed the plugin because it interfered with another plugin!

So what is all the hoo-ha about Adsense Video Units anyway? In a nutshell, AdSense recently introduced the video units feature, that allows you to include relevant YouTube video on your blog, and make money from ads on it.

The video units are available to Adsense publishers. If you are already using Adsense, you can choose from five products in your Adsense Setup and Video units is one of those. If you are not using Adsense, you can sign up for an account.

Adsense (Google) claims “you can get great video content from YouTube for your site and earn extra revenue along the way.”

When you choose the Video units in your Adsense account, you are quickly whisked away to YouTube where you can create a “sort of” custom Adsense Video unit.

  • Name: you can save it and grab or edit it later
  • Theme: choose from nine color themes (I chose the blue)
  • Layout: choose from Mini 400 x 415, Standard 500 x 510, or Full Size 780 x 560
  • Content: Choose the type of videos that play:
    • Automated Content: Enter a set of keywords and YouTube will automatically populate the player with related videos.
    • Choose By Category / Provider: Choose content by Category or Provider.

The ads themselves are intented to be relevent and “non-intrusive.”

In addition to Adsense publishers getting a share of the revenue, YouTube content partners also share in that revenue.  Who are the YouTube content partners and how do you become one?

Good question. YouTube has an official revenue-sharing Partner Program. You can read more here about the qualifications for the YouTube Partner program. There are a few criteria you’ll need to have before applying - including regularly uploading videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.

So, get your WordPress plugin, grab some Adsense Video unit code, and make some money!

WordPress Ads Theme 2 and 3 Columns – Free

Wordpress Ads Theme 2 or 3 column

It’s hard to find good WordPress themes! So, I am happy to share this awesome find with you. The WordPress Ads theme is a 2 and 3 split column theme. The wider column sits on top of the 2 columns on the right side.

(The image pictured above cuts off the lower part where the column splits into 2 – you’ll have to visit the Demo page to see the whole page.)

I like the split column themes a lot. This one especially provides ease of use. In the WordPress widget area of the Admin panel, the Sidebar arrangement shows you the top, left, and right sidebars. No messing around with code in the .php files! Thank the author, Eric, for being considerate of bloggers in the creation of this Ads theme.

Now, the other feature I am quite fond of is the ad space in the header. Areas for Adsense ads are also built-in to the theme. Overall, the WordPress Ads theme is advertising ready!

The Ads theme for WordPress also provides you with the following WordPress plugins:

 I tried it out in another blog for a friend and it was easy to install. We have not finished customizing it and I will comment here when it’s done. 

Best of all, it’s free! Happy download!

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Build a Niche Store (BANS) Version 3 Announcement

Build a Niche Store, the fast growing Internet money making concept, is now in beta test mode for BANS version 3!

The beta testing will start between the 14th and 16th of January. Barring any major unforeseen problems, the creators of this worthwhile software are aiming to release Build a Niche Store (BANS) Version 3 in either the last week of January or the first week of February.

With Build a Niche Store, you now get four national markets and 60 million products under your control, the opportunities are literally endless.

When you purchase Build a Niche Store you receive one licensed copy of the script which entitles you to build as many niche stores as you want. You also receive a downloadable 72-page ebook that gives you detailed instructions on how to do it.

I am still working on my Niche Store 30-Day Challenge and will post the results after, well, the 30 days are up. Read more here. Upon completion, I’ll also provide a complete review of this amazing program.

If you have parked domains (like me – I’m addicted, what can I say?) don’t park your domains … build a niche store and make more money!

Can’t wait to see what other goodies these guys have in store for Build a Niche Store version 3!

Stay tune’d.