Google Chrome has offered me a roller coaster of emotions since it’s release in September 2008. I embraced Google’s latest endeavor and hint at an OS with open arms, but quickly fell back on tried and true FireFox. Since then they have released updates that have complicated Chrome’s functionality and as of late fixed most of what frustrated me about it in the first place. Now, I set here before you, happy and proud that Google Chrome is my primary browser for both work and play.
Since Google has updated Chrome to allow popups for domains, it’s found a permanent fixture on my work PC. No longer must I fight with FireFox’s memory leaks and slow to open windows. As of late I’ve also found myself feasting on Chrome’s ability to use Extensions, which the lack of was a shortfall at launch in 2008. But, early on in the development stage, quality extensions are few and far between.
Currently I’m only using 3 different Chrome Extensions, which include FasterChrome, Google Mail Checker, and Webpage Screenshot. It’s better than nothing, but they still struggle to meet the sophistication and tweekability found in FireFox addons. According to developers, it’s Google’s fault for the way they allow access to their code. To be honest, it’s all lost over my head, I just know what I can use and what I hate.
Taking a quick look through the top Chrome Extensions proves that there isn’t enough competition in the marketplace. Extensions like ibrii are attempting to farm user information in exchange for their Extension services and an Extension called Nothing is ranked #7 as most installed. Nothing does just as advertised by the way, man I love dry humor on the internet.
After browsing off of the 1st page of Top Chrome Extensions the pickings start getting real thin. I’ve tested a few, but none seem to offer exactly as advertised, or are buggy, or are just not as useful as you’d hope, or all the above. But I’m not discouraged yet, I’ve got the extensions I need for adequate use as a primary browser both at work and at home.
It wouldn’t be fare to expect as much out of Chrome as what FireFox has to offer, which as been around much longer. However, I see a changing of the guard in the next 2 years, where FireFox may be ousted as the 2nd most used web browser. I for one welcome competition in the market place, while keeping my lips wet thinking of a full blown Google OS.Read More
Let me get this out of the way, I do NOT have the end all answer to monetizing search traffic that originates from Google Image Search. Traditionally image search traffic does not convert well and requires different methods of monetization than content search traffic. I’ve done a lot of looking around the guru sites and no one seems to have a solid answer on what works best for monetizing a website that depends on image searches for their visitors.
BritePic looks like a good place to start and will require some more testing before I’m convinced it’s not actually causing a higher bounce rate. The problem is that my visitors are viewing my website through Google’s frames, which hides the majority of my site. I’ve tried the script that breaks Google’s Image Search frame, but had negative results after a few months, meaning lower image search numbers. I’d rather keep my non converting traffic and find another way to monetize.
Back to BritePic’s issues. I’m not convinced that BritePic script images are searchable and hold as much weight as a normal image post would. Therefore I wouldn’t be bringing in the traffic to monetize against anyway. Lastly, my visitors are more likely to view the enlarged image than just hover over the medium sized image on my blog. Angered visitors, visitors lost, still no monetary gain from image search traffic.
In conclusion, I feel the only way to properly monetize image search traffic is with better affiliate banner and text ad placement. This comes with it’s own set of problems, like how much blending is too much, and is Google going to be upset about where you place the block of ads. They tend to frown upon a large block above an image and directly below your post title. I believe they want more content next to the ad, rather than a simple block next to a block which can potentially confuse a visitor into a click.
So far, it looks like Adsense still converts the best with Image Search traffic, but requires placement above the image, but around actual content. I failed miserably when trying to place Chitika Ads at the top of a blog post, which has no qualms about where it’s placed in relation to post title and image. Chitika Premium ads still look like they convert the best at the bottom of a post, for whatever reason.
More testing is required, but I wanted to get this quick post out, which harbors some of my thoughts and issues. I’m sure there is a quality solution to monetizing Google Image Search traffic and it may be the next big thing.Read More
Google Chrome has refused to open gMail for the past few weeks, however loading in basic html has solved the problem. This is not my ideal fix and frankly frustrating since Chrome was built by the same folks over at Google who created gMail. Why can’t your products just work together? Well, they should, so I immediately started blaming my new Chrome extensions, like Google Mail Checker.
After disabling, uninstalling, and generally tweaking I decided that the gMail Checker extension for Chrome was not the culprit. The problem can best be described as some sort of loop issue when gMail loads, causing the load screen to stick. This problem can be solved by clearing Chrome’s cache.
To clear Chrome’s cache:
- Left click the Tools drop down menu. (The Tools drop down menu is indicated by a wrench icon in the top right corner of your browser.)
- Select Options.
- Select the Personal tab.
- Under Browsing Data, select Clear browsing data…
- Select the Cache check box.
- Select Everything, from the drop down menu.
- Finally click the Clear Browsing Data button.
After following these steps I’ve been able to successfully open gMail in my Chrome browser. I’ve also been able to use the gMail Checker extension, without causing any issues. Hope this helps your problem as well.Read More
One of my largest pet peeves with using Google Chrome in the work place was that there was not an option to allow popups from a webpage. Each time there was a popup you would have to manually allow it, instead of setting a rule that allowed all popups from a single website. Apparently I wasn’t the only one and now the latest stable version of Chrome allows for this rule to be set.
How to allow popups in Google chrome.
Sometimes you don’t want pop-ups to ever be blocked for a certain site. If that’s the case, follow these steps to allow pop-ups:
- Visit the site where you want pop-ups to always appear.
- Click the Pop-ups Blocked alert at the bottom right-hand corner of the browser tab.
- Select Always show pop-ups from (site).
If you want to change this setting for the site at a later point, follow these steps:
- Visit the site again.
- Click the Manage pop-ups alert at the bottom right-hand corner of the browser tab.
- Deselect Always show pop-ups from (site).
Now Chrome becomes a viable alternative in my work place, where popups are required to view pdf’s. Thanks to the development team Chrome is becoming better and better every day, even now allowing for plugins and addons. I forsee a day when Chrome gives FireFox a run for it’s money, I just hope it doesn’t cause hard feelings.
I’ve spent some time discussing the virtues of using Chitika ads next to Google Adsense, but my latest experiment has left me looking for lost revenue. In this experiment I placed Chitika Ads in my highest click-through location, where I used to keep Adsense ads, directly below my post title. The result was surprising to say the least.
My impressions dropped by almost half and my clicks fell even further. I can honestly offer up no reasonable explanation as to why Chitika would fail so miserably in prime realestate. Keep in mind that I removed Adsense completely from the equation, which would lend Chitika to receiving even more clicks. What happened?
The lack of impressions I can’t explain, considering statistics for my site remained virtually unchanged, in regards to search visitors. But perhaps, looking at the CTR, the reason is because Chitika Premium Ads look like ads. Cheesy I know, but Adsense does a phenomenal job at blending in with content and looking natural. I think that my visitors liked the natural look rather than the picture next to an ad trick.
It will take more testing to know for sure, but lets just say for now I’ve moved Chitika back down to the bottom of the page. Time will tell if Chitika will ever warrant the #1 paying spot on my automotive website.