Demonoid Has Returned December 2009. Merry Christmas Fool!

So I NORMALLY don’t like to mix my evil computer user and money making computer user circles but today a strange thing happened. I logged into tracker202 and because I recently started using a new traffic source for one of my money making things I wanted to see how things were going. But I got surprised when I saw this.

demonoid

I was happy and sad at the same time. On the one hand this said to me Demonoid is Back Baby. However I DO know those people and as a money maker I don’t want traffic from there. So that’s a fail. But for all you cheap bastards who likey the free stuffy the big D is back. But warning: they had a message up when I logged in that said this was a “test.” But clearly people are back to uploadin’ and downloadin’.

Is Amish Shah Hurt or Helped by Google’s Version of Google Goggles?

Yeah I know. That is one ugly ass post title. Too many g’s and o’s. But that’s the question I asked myself out loud, so I figure other people will probably ask it too. Anyway until that eBay hard drive arrives for me to clone my dead hard drive I can’t really do any real work, so here I am writing “articles” instead of “copy.” Even though I keep swearing off internet money topics…

original goggles

If you didn’t know, Amish and his team put out a product that helps people see ROUGHLY how Google Adwords might see their site from a Quality Score standpoint. Very, very useful tool (if you have and use an Adwords account). The product is called “Google Goggles.” I had been on the fence about buying it for about 2 months. I was either going to get the goggles or Jonathan Van Clute’s LP Gen (Landing Page Generator).

LP Gen comes at the quality score issue from a different angle. It actually takes your keywords and theme and pretty much BUILDS the kind of site you need to get a good score. But the cost of that item was several hundred more dollars. So I wrote to Jonathan and was like “hey, dude any specials or deals comin’ up?” And he was like; nope. And that was that. But he did say be on the lookout for some news, so sit tight. And I decided, ok come New Years I’ll have a nice Azoogle payment coming in and by that time he’ll either release an update or a “package deal” and I’ll get it then.

In the meantime I kept thinking about going with Amish’s goggles. I was already able to get QS with 7’s and 10’s using maybe a handful of keywords, not TONS AND TONS. So the goggles were haunting me because they also provide a sort of game plan for site design. You know what? Let me go get an affiliate link to their page because I really didn’t set out to write a product review. Go look at their thing HERE.

Goggles

No, I wanted to talk about this idea that GOOGLE has now come out with a “Google Goggles.” In that Chicago Tribune piece they talk about their tool incorporating real-time Twitter and Facebook into their search, so now you can get UP TO THE MINUTE search results. With blogs they shaved the post/search time down to about 5 minutes, but with their version of goggles you’ve got near instantaneous search results popping up.

But what’s going to happen is that the phrase “Google Goggle” is going to be out there now. Will this help Amish? ORRRRR will Google make them stop using the name? One has to assume he had some kind of permission or relied on some sort of disclaimer clause “we’re not associated with THE Google…etc” But what happens now to his branding?

This is all a little interesting of course, because this week 2 things happened. Google Adwords kicked a bunch of us out, meaning they’re going on the offensive. And Chris Carpenter the ORIGINAL Google Cash dude decided to make Google Cash free because of all the info products of (varied quality) out there with “Google” in their name. So, freaky times man. Freaky times.

Chicago First Snow 2009 so Insulate Your Water Heater

Well, it’s official! December 7, 2009 and it is snowing in Chicago. Day one. And here I am for the third year in a row with a picture to commemorate the event. Having been out of town for 20 years or so traveling the world so that I could meet new and interesting people-and then kill them-it’s good being back home. So without further adieu, check it out…

snow 2009

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As a few of you long, long, LONG time readers may recall one of the “themes” of this blog was also the home renovation follow-along for the house I bought for fun and profit. But, oops! Housing crisis! So I’m still sitting on the property AND not doing the work. However, for your pocketbook, I’m doing a special little piece about insulation.

Since my computer hard drive burned out last week I can’t really do any real business, but I finally got this temporary laptop so looks like I’m writing for the blog again after all these months. But not for long; I’ll be getting back to work soon since I won the spare parts I need to do a little hard drive surgery from eBay last night.

hard drive

Anyway…

Insulating your water heater can save you a TON of money for the year, and the annual saving compounded over the next few years will really make you happy. So doing this job isn’t rocket science, but what MIGHT throw you off is buying the insulation if you go to Home Depot. They actually don’t keep it in the insulation department, they keep it in the water heater dept. ANNNNND if you don’t know what you’re looking for you’ll STILL miss it. The keep it rolled up like a sleeping bag, so I took a photo for you. Look at that weather! See how long ago I bought supplies. Poor house….

new insulation

And I’ve included a picture of what it looks like when you unwrap it. Those white strips you see are the tape that you use to seal the deal. You’re basically going to treat your water heater like a hotdog, and this thing is the “bun.”

insulation open

And finally, in this last picture you’re seeing how NOT to do the job. This is just me getting it into position. You’ll really want to cut holes out for all the “works.” The rusty ass pipe you see leading into the water heater is the gas supply. And you want to cut around the stuff so a) you have access and b) don’t have a HORRIBLE accident. Do NOT leave that on there like that. I’ve even put a caption on that picture because I get so many image searches on this blog.

water insulation

I’m sad to say I’ve had to fix about 3 or 4 of these heaters for various neighbors when the ‘hood has had the occasional flash flood. And I’ve done the job in the dead of winter! And I gradually began to notice that these heaters gave off quite a bit of heat. And then I realized they’re not just heating the water (like they’re supposed to be doing) they were trying the heat the WHOLE BASEMENT. Without insulation the heater will try to compensate for the room temperature and burn WAY more gas than you need for your water. Do this job. It’s 30 minutes and about 30 dollars.