adwords api pricing

Why is the adwords api so expensive? It should be completely free, don’t Google want us to use their system. Wrote a php script to add loads of keywords and ran it on a test run to insert about 3000 keywords with a seperate adgroup for every 2 keywords, so 1500 ad groups. I knew the API costs money but I thought it would be miniscule. $80 that run cost me! I feel like ringing Joe Duffy.

Price comparison of .ie domain name registrars

I register a few .ie domains and am always wondering what’s the cheapest. Couldn’t find any comparison on the net so I went through the Table A list of companies on the IEDR site. Table A companies have registered over 500 domains. If any of the other companies sell cheap, contact me.

So I tried to register for each company and got to the point of entering a credit card and took note of the price. For other companies that I couldn’t get to the register page for some reason or another I took note of their listed one year price and any VAT. CSC Domains Inc, BT Ireland, Eurokom and IE Internet all had no listed price and no register page, they asked you to contact them directly. NetNames UK gave no specific .ie price and when I tried to register one their system crashed. NASK TESTING PDN site was down when I checked.

All prices are including VAT even when the site says nothing as I’m presuming they all charge it. Ignore the tailing zeros, the prices are floats in the MySQL table. It’s for one year registration and immediate transfer to external nameservers. If I’ve any information here incorrect about your company, contact me and I’ll fix it. So here’s the list starting with the cheapest:

Update: Added ICCM Hosting 19 Sept

ICCM Hosting 29.030000 Not listed as a reseller on IEDR site. Appears on registration form that you have to use their hosting.
Letshost.ie 30.240000
Hosting 365 31.400000 Claim free parking.
Switchmedia 34.070000
Digiweb 36.300000
Blacknight 54.450000
Darklie-SCE 54.450000 Cheaper if you host with them
Webhost.ie 59.290000 Claim free parking
Web World 59.290000
Host Ireland 60.320000
Elive 66.550000 This price is including VAT because it says nothing about it on the site and if I had to guess I’d say there’s another 21%. Register form was down when I checked. They’ve some bullcrap about managing your DNS services being an extra E10 a year.
Eircom 67.000000 Got to where you enter your CC, and the price was still this so I presume no VAT added even though I presumed there would be
UTV Internet 78.650000
Irish Domains 84.000000 2 different one year prices exclu. VAT, I picked the cheapest. Reduction per year if you register longer than one year. Claim free parking. You have to ‘request info’ to get your domain, can’t do it yourself.
Register.ie (Novaro) 84.700000
Hosting Ireland 84.700000 Claim free parking
Magnet Business 119.790000 Doesn’t say anything about VAT, presume it has to be added on so I did to get this price. No register form, have to contact them. An extra E175 to point domain to a different host….

adwords professional

Yeah buddy
I passed the adwords exam about a month ago and finally have spent enough to be adwords qualified, which is about 750 euro. Pity I only made back about 500 euro.. oh well, still learning. Might help me get work experience for my college course but I was already saying I was qualified on my CV, haha. The ringtones vertical is what I’m doing and it’s pretty much saturated so I might move onto something else. I was doing stuff for an Irish company as well but the volume is just so low restricting to Irish IPs. We really are a small country.

Google give ya a page that certifies your status. And a logo.
Google logo

What do seo firms do?

Curious as to what seo firms actually do for clients. If I was doing it I’d take a look at the site and identify the keywords that will convert best with keycompete and real PPC data which would probably be the most accurate.

Then get these keywords in title,h1 tags and site copy. Fix easy problems like duplicate content, domain name canonicalisaton (sp?), mod_rewrite for dynamic pages and have good internal link structure.

After that it’s all about links and how to get them. Each site and niche is different so youd have to check all backlinks on competitors, see if you can get these links as well. And basically do what you can to get authority links, link bait, contact authority webmasters. But the easiest method would be to buy links from sites with low pr that stay below the radar.

That’s all I can think of, it does seem very basic. What’s the secret sauce that allows firms to charge thousands?

testing affiliate offers from ireland

As we all know, affiliate marketing is predominately a Yank thing. Loads of ringtone offers on networks only take US customers and accept US IPs. If you’re international, all you get is this offer isn’t for your area and you’re turfed off to some crappy converting offer like mortgage leads or something.

So I geotarget on my site and don’t show ads to international customers that will let them leave the site. I use the free Maxmind geolocation service and a simple include script. eg



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geoip_close($gi);
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You always want to test to see if this works because something always goes wrong as we all know. You can use one of those US based proxy sites to test it but that can get messy with javascript and iframes. So I signed up for an account with findnot proxy service. It’s only $15 a month and fairly speedy. And it works through PPTP so it’s piss easy if you run Windows XP like me.

giganews increases retention to 200 days

Giganews has obviously just bought a lot of hard drives cos they’re retention is now 200 days! With the continual increase in daily posts to usenet, they must have some server farm to hold all dat warez. All they need now is a web based system like Easynews that automatically unrars music and movies and they’re the clear winner in usenet providers.

Easynews global search is the only reason I still have an account with them, it’s so handy. They give you thumbnails of movies and everything. It’s great for finding individual songs. Come on giganews, copy the easynews system and I’ll be a customer for life.

last episode of the sopranos

Last night was the last episode of the greatest TV show ever made, The Sopranos. We watched it live in Satin Dolls nudie bar on route 17 in New Jersey which doubles as the Bada Bing in the program. Loads of TV crews and newspapers there, we got interviewed by Channel 9 news but a friend chocked so I don’t know if it will be shown.

Without giving anything away, I thought the episode and especially the ending was perfect.

seoblackhat.com paid forums

I signed up for the paid seoblackhat forums there about a month ago to see what it was all about. It cost $100 which is no chump change and it’s a recurring subscription. I just cancelled it there, some info was alright but not great and I’m off to the States for a month soon so it’d be wasted money. If it was around $20 a month I probably would have kept the sub going.

It has a few select knowledgable members and a lot of noobs asking fairly basic questions trying to get their moneys worth. Quadzilla has a few members being paid or with a vested interest running around trying to answer all the questions. Honestly, nothing there is information not freely available on syndk8 and there’s way better banter and craic on sydk8 as well.

The memberlist tells me there’s 253 members. I say about 220-230 of these are paying. That’s at least $22,000 that Quadzilla’s getting a month. Pretty sweet, fair play to him for thinking of the idea and making it work. But I think it’s crap. My 2 cent.