Sunday, August 31, 2014

Do not ignore Google Adsense

There is nothing wrong trying to make a bit of money from the web.  Of course, becoming a web-millionaire is quite impossible for most of us.  Making a bit of money, each month, is definitely a possibility.

We all know about Google Adsense.  We've all seen the ads from Google everywhere.  You can also be part of this by registering with them.  It's easy and it's free.

There are many services to display ads on your blog or website.  Adsense is the best of them all!  You need to consider quality over quantity when displaying ads.  You may have found another ad provider that will pay more but have you consider the quality of the ads displayed?

The main issue when displaying ads is not to drive away your traffic.  Some ad-providers will generate popups or redirection meaning that your readers will get annoyed by your website.  Your visitors won't make the difference between your website and the ads displayed.  If a popup do occur too often, they will assume that "your website" is generating this annoying behaviour.

Another issue is the content of the ads displayed.  If your blog is discussing the latest technology and the ads displayed are about dating websites (even worse, porn sites), you will lose credibility in the eye of your readers.  

Google Adsense is ensuring that ads displayed are related with your content or at least with your visitor's  traffic.  There is no porn, no annoying popups, no nothing.  Just plain-clean ads that should not annoy your fans.

Of course, you have to balance the amount of content with the amount of ads displayed.  Too much and you will annoy your visitors.  Not enough and you won't make a dime.

Adsense can easily integrate in your blog, you website and even your Youtube channel.  Thus, you can maximise your exposure on the web and hope for a bit of money each month.

And you, what's your experience is Adsense or other services?

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to export your iPhone music library without iTunes

The iPhone is a great device but getting your iTunes purchases out of the device can be a pain when you are not relying on iTunes.

iTunes is available on Windows and OSX.  But what about Ubuntu?  Here a tutorial to show you how to do it using MusicBrainz Picard app (also available on other OSes).

ScreenStudio 1.2.8 has been released

A new version (1.2.8) of ScreenStudio has been released.

  • Trying to fix the default location on the screen when having a second monitor to the left
  • Minor tweaks
  • Added animated splash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ScreenStudio 1.2.7 is available!

ScreenStudio 1.2.7 is available!

  • Fixed Tray Icon display
  • Added "None" as an audio source for both Mic and Desktop
  • Added support for SteamOS (with support for FFMPEG)
  • Fixed global shortcuts that were not updating

You can grab the latest version at

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Connecting to Twitter, Facebook or Google with Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a great operating system.  One neat feature is being able to connect to your online social network account.  See the tutorial on my Youtube channel:

Have a great day!

OOOOHHH! Twitter Analytics

A brand new tool has arrived in town: Twitter Analytics

It is now available for all Twitter users for free and it looks like an amazing tool to monitor your Twitter account and the activity related to it.  Twitter Analytics arrived just in time for me as I am currently investing more time into my account (@patrickballeux) to promote this blog and my Youtube Channel (

With social networks, it is hard to evaluate the impact of your shared posts.  Using Google Analytics, you can do this monitoring on your blob/website quite easily.  But with your accounts (Facebook, G+, Twitter), it was near impossible.

Now, time to explore and investigate this new tools in my arsenal and start learning a bit more about my social network exposure.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monitor your network without IT knowledge!

Ever wished you could find out who is using your home network bandwidth?

There is an easy solution called EtherApe, available from the Ubuntu Software Centre.  Check it out!