Friday, May 25, 2007

How to add paypal donate button to your blog

PayPal, is an eBay Company,It enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online.

If you don't have a paypal account yet, you can get a free account





After you have your login ID/password,
Login to your account. Then click the "merchant services" tab




scroll down and on the right sidebar, find the box labelled key features, click on the link named "Donations"





After clicking on that link, you will taken to "Create paypal payment button" page, just make sure that donations is selected in the "Accept Payments for" dropdown box. You can type a name/id for this button





Down below you can customize your paypal button by selecting options like using smaller button, displaying credit card logos, changing language, currency, contribution amount or use your own graphic as a button.



Step 2 & 3 are optional and requires a business account, so leave them for now. and click on create button.



On the next page, copy the entire code from the textbox and paste it into your template of your website or blog, where you want it to appear. Congratulations! You have just added paypal donate button to your blog.



XML blogger users can paste this code by adding HTML/JavaScript gadget to their blogger blog.

(See the demo below)


Installing StumbleUpon links within Blogger/Blogspot

  • Download one of the StumbleUpon Icons from it's icon set here . Upload this picture somewhere on the web.

    (This is a preview of the available icons, select and upload any one of them.)



  • Login to your blogger dashboard, click manage->template.
  • On the template tab, find <$BlogItemBody$> tag
  • Copy-Paste this code just below the <$BlogItemBody$> tag




  • Replace **LINK TO stumbleit.gif** with the full path to the image that you uploaded.
  • Save & RePublish your blog.



Sample Preview:


Stumble Upon ToolbarStumble It!

NOTE : This installation only works with classic templates of blogger. XML Layouts users, check out this post http://zerodollarchallenge.blogspot.com/2007/11/add-stumbleupon-button-to-bloggerxml.html

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Blog Graphics

Finding Images/videos/icons and stuff for your blog is a challenging and time consuming excercise. Here's my "unofficial" and "incomplete" list of resources for blog graphics.

Bigoo.ws - Over 50,000 images, all classified as glitters, backgrounds, cursors, quotes, animations, icons etc. Also has layouts and widgets for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster.


Stock Exchange - Free for personal use. Read the license here. [ License ]

Yotophoto.com - Indexes images in the public domain or available for free usage under various forms of "copyleft" licensing.

Freefoto.com - Free photographs for private non-commercial use on the Internet.

FreeDigitalPhotos.net - Free for use in blogs, with some conditions [ License ]

Blogger Help itself list these blog graphics resources for your blogs:




This list will always be in a "work in progress" mode, as we discover new and better blog graphics for blogs. Do you know of a blog graphics site that you want to share with us? leave your comments.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Standard Feed Icon

While exploring other sites and blogs, you must have come across those orange coloured feed icons that give you an option to subscribe to that site's/blog's feed. Chances are that you are already publishing your own feed.

Here's a free resource that will give you more color options to choose from(for the feed icon), you can also download other file format of the icon to modify and customize for your blog/site.

http://www.feedicons.com

25% of the People Online Use Firefox, do you?

"People are switching to Firefox fast as ever, while IE's share drops every day!"

read more digg story





According to stats released by W3Counter , Firefox is the first choice for almost 25% of the people using the net. Have you downloaded firefox?


click the graphic to continue..

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Blogthings for Girls Only

Freshen up your blog or website by adding a widget from Hunkdujour.com and display a new picture of a hunk daily on your blog.(See the sample below). 4 display sizes are available for your blog. Ready to install it to your blog? See the Hunkdujour Widget for Blogger


Latest Blog Photo from Hunk du Jour, with hot celebrity men daily!


Wondering where to get the glitter images that you see on other blogs? then read our post on Glitter Graphics for Blogs



Related :
Internet Safety for Girls

Monday, May 7, 2007

Smyrna Stitch

Smyrna Stitch is a Another variation of the cross stitch, this beauty is sometimes
known as the double cross stitch.

It forms a good depiction of the eight Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year.

Bring needle from back to front at odd numbers and enter fabric at even numbers.

All these Type os Sticthes look good.

For larger stars, finish with a tiny stitch across the center to prevent snagging

Basque knot

Basque knot also known as Basque Loop stitch, and Knotted loop stitch. As a stitch it can be employed singly, or scattered over an area.

They can also be worked as a textured line, as they can be easily worked joined together. The line produced is well defined as it is knotted.

Basque knot is similar to Palestrina. The main difference, as you can see from the illustrations you work the stitch from right to left, along a line instead of left to right.

The stitch is worked in the same manner as Palestrina stitch only work the stitch from right to left, along a line instead of left to right. Also instead of moving diagonally behind the fabric you move vertically.
Basque knot

Interlaced Running Stitch

Interlaced running stitch is an attractive line of loops which follows curves well.

To work this stitch simply pass the needle over and under the fabric to create a line of running stitch. Lace or thread the stitches with a contrasting colour or weight thread.

This forms the first half of the loops. At the end of the row, turn and lace to form the other side of the loops.

Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation running stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace, and not to pick up any of the fabric.

A thread of one color winds through a line of running stitches, then the other side intertwines with a thread of a complimentary hue. Because of the perfect symmetry, it represents the balances of love and hate, light and dark, the right and left hemispheres of the brain, magickal energies, and the polarities of male and female. The intertwining threads also symbolize the mingling of ideas and thought.Interlaced Running Stitch

AdSense Abuse Techniques and Countermeasures by Google


  • You must have seen the use of floating layers on many sites (generally created using DHTML & JavaScript). Since these layers can move dynamically and could be programmed to follow the mouse, Placing Adsense Ads on these layers can be unintentional clicks on the ads. Google therefore does not allow the ads to be placed on floating layers.

  • Images as Graphical pointers beside ad units were preferred way of many ad publishers to grab the attention of the visitor who would otherwise have ignored the ads due to the “ad blindness” behavior. In this technique images or flash objects are used in order to deceive the visitors into clicking the Ad by suggesting a link between the image/flash object and the ads. Google therefore disallows any images or flash objects beside the ads, which could suggest any link between the two.

  • Some publishers tried to hide the “ads by google” tagline by customizing the background color of the page and the color of the ad itself so that it would blend into the page and hardly be visible to the visitor and the ads would look like regular links. Google now uses an image tagline on ads that will not blend into the background.

  • Some publishers altered the adsense code to make the ads appear as a “single line link” and then camouflaged them in between the navigation links or their recommended links. Google strictly prohibits any alteration of its adsense code.

  • Some publishers would load the ad in a floating frame (<iframe> tag). The frame dimensions would hide the fact that it is a google ad. In fact the user wont be able to tell that the ad is loaded using a hidden frame. Google does not allow ads to be loaded that way. (No Google ad may be placed on any non-content-based pages.). Although, this technique does not alter the adsense code. Google policy states “Elements on a page must not obscure any portion of the ads”, Therefore it is an unacceptable practice.

  • Some publishers place ads adjacent to the site interaction objects, such as navigational links, Flash/JavaScript Games & Buttons, Download Buttons, under popups or anything that requires frequent clicking. Some accidental clicks are received on those ads.

Also, One of the most common abuses of adsense that is done unknowingly by many is that they place a wide skyscraper ad on the right hand side of the page, adjacent to the scrollbar. Whenever an Image ad is displayed on the wide skyscraper the entire area becomes a “click zone”(unlike the column of text ads). Clicks are received when the user, instead of clicking the scrollbar accidentally clicks the ad. Google now considers the clicks with very low returns to the advertiser as invalid clicks and threatens to disable the account of the publisher.



The Techniques described above are for Information purpose only. Under no circumstances does this article suggest that you abuse the Google Adsense program using the techniques described above. Furthermore the author does not take any responsibility if anyone gets banned/ejected by google as a result of using the techniques described above.

New Blogger Layouts and Google Analytics

Need some help in Installing Google Analytics in Blogger? or did you stumble here looking for New Blogger Layouts? Try our Template & Layout Finder.


Some people have reported that the new drag and drop layout of blogger does not work with google analytics. When testing the problem myself. I found out that the code which is typically in the format of

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
_uacct = "UA-XXXXXX-X";
urchinTracker();
</script>


is changed to

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
_uacct = &quot;UA-XXXXXX-X&quot;;
urchinTracker();
</script>


upon saving and probably that breaks the code. Actually this is an installation problem. you can't copy paste the code into the blogger layout code( because its XHTML code now). Google Analytics site recommends that you paste the tracking code before the </body> tag. That install procedure is outdated.

Below are the instructions for installing Google Analytics tracking code to new drag and drop layout of blogger/blogspot without problems.


  1. Login to your dashboard and click "Manage : Layout"
  2. On the template tab, select Page Elements
  3. On Page Elements, click Add a page element( I recommend adding it to the bottom of the page)
  4. On the pop up window click the "Add to Blog" option beside "HTML/JavaScript" Option
  5. On "configure HTML/JavaScript" popup window, paste the Google Analytics code in the "content textarea"
  6. Leave the title "blank" and Save Changes
Now, Google Analytics should be working on your blog. Leave your comments if Something still does not work.

Note : Google Analytics is working on a new version ( Which will probably be XHTML compliant). See more on this http://analytics.blogspot.com/2007/05/new-version-of-google-analytics.html .

Update: Some of the visitors have pointed out that the above method does not work correctly now,So, unless we find a workaround to make Analytics work with the new blogger, both would remain incompatible.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

AdSense Tip of the Day

So, what URL do you type on your addressbar to get to the official AdSense site? is it http://www.google.com/adsense , Here's an AdSense Tip that will save you some time and keystrokes. type adsense into the addressbar and press ctrl+enter, the browser will connect to http://www.adsense.com and auto redirect to the official Google Adsense page. I hope this tip is useful to you.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Reduce clutter from your blog

Have you seen those 10-15 or more social bookmarking buttons for technorati, digg, del.icio.us, stumbleupon, google bookmarks, yahoo myweb etc. on other pages/blogs? Instead of having all those buttons you can have a single bookmarking button from Addthis.com.



AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Delivering your content on Mobiles

Now, your site visitors can have the contents of your site delivered right into their mobile phones, Get your personalized button at http://www.hubdog.com/gui/affiliates.aspx and add this functionality to your blog for free.

The button might look like the one below, you can add it to your sidebar.
Windows Mobile Edition with Hubdog for Pocket PC & SmartPhone

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Colonial knot


Colonial knot is called as figure eight knot, Colonial knot looks very much like a French knot.


To work Colonial knot stitch, bring your thread up through the fabric. I hold the thread in my left hand and with the thread loose place the needle to the right of the thread with the needle pointing away from you. Take the thread under the needle and then over the needle to form a figure 8. This can be done in a hooking action by turning anti-clockwise the needle 180 degrees.

Take the needle to the back of the fabric close to where it first came out. Before you pull it through make sure the loop is snug around the shaft of the needle

Candlewicking

Candlewicking is a form of surface embroidery that traditionally uses an unbleached cotton thread on a piece of unbleached muslin. It gets its name from the nature of the thread, which very much resembles the wick used in a candle. Motifs are created using a variety of knots and satin stiches. Subject matter is usually taken from nature, flowers, insects, etc. Other traditional motifs resemble PA Dutch or colonial designs. Modern designs include colored floss embroidery with the traditional white on white stitching.


Candlewicking has its origins in american history as new settlers sought to decorate their new homes with minimal supplies. The dust was easily washed from the fabric and able to endure significant wear.


Candlewicking is most commonly used as a cushion cover.
Candlewicking

Berwick stitch

Berwick stitch
Berwick stitch is also known as Looped edge stitch and forms a line of upright stitches each with a knotted base. This is a quick and easy version of buttonhole which is useful on needlework motifs that have curves.

This needlework stitch is worked from left to right sewing over two imaginary lines.

Bring the thread out on the lower line, insert the needle in position in the upper line making a straight downward motion and then wrap a loop of thread around the needle point. Pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop. Tighten the knot slightly before moving to the next stitch.

Berwick stitch is equally effective with the knotted edge on the inside or outside of the curve.

In the case of using berwick stitch as an decorative embellishment on crazy quilting a more decorative line can be created with the use of beads, and a detached chain, or French knots sewn at the top of each spine.

The length and spacing of the spines can create ornate patterns and effects. This build up of patterns using the texture of the ridge at the base of the spine is also very effective in forms of counted thread and drawn needlework

Coral stitch, German knot stitch, knotted stitch, beaded stitch

Coral stitch is also known as coral knot, German knot stitch, knotted stitch, beaded stitch, and snail trail. It is also incorrectly known as scroll stitch.

Coral stitch, German knot stitch, knotted stitch, beaded stitch

Coral stitch is an old embroidery stitch which creates a line that looks like a row of knots and is used for outlines and follows a curved detail well. Coral stitch is frequently found in seventeenth and eighteenth century English crewel work. It is also a very useful stitch for twiggy bits in a floral design. It can also be used to create a knotted filling with the knots form a secondary pattern across the filling.

Coral stitch is worked from right to left. To work bring the thread up from the back of the fabric and hold it loosely on the surface of the fabric with your thumb. Insert the needle at a right angle, above the line to be worked and bring it out just below the line to be worked. Pull the needle through the fabric and over the thread to from a knot.

Coral stitch can be varied by altering the angle of the needle as it passes through the fabric, and by altering the spacing of the knots along the row. The effect created is also altered by the weight and twist of the thread used. Coral stitch