Samsung Galaxy S2 Internet Speed Test – Vodafone vs Telstra.

At work we were messing around and decided to take a test of two mobile phones both been exactly the same phones the Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phones, with the cache cleared. The only difference was that the internet and call provider was different on both mobiles.

We tested the phones using the AFL.com.au website, results can be seen in the video below:

Telestras took around 8 seconds to load.
Vodafones took around 2 minutes and 30 seconds to load.

Facebook new account layout coming soon and an update of the changes.

So Facebook has been busy with making changes on its products, we have seen a huge range of changes to be made within the next few weeks.

Some of these big changes include the following:

1. Facebook Time Lines – what this product does is merge all your details from the life time of your Facebook account into a scrap book style function showing every detail of your account on a month by month basis for all the years of your account.

2. Profile home page changes – we see the home page of users profiles also making some big changes, profile content in larger and situated in boxes on your profile.

New-Profile-Layout
New-Profile-Layout

Facebook Cover Picture
Facebook Cover Picture

Facebook Cover Picture

3. Facebook chat – we see some huge changes on Facebook chat, Facebook has split the chat box into 3 sections. 1 – The latest content which is been posted on your account, if you have a huge amount of friend it changes so quickly you can not even read it. 2 – Most active online friends online in which you interact with 3 – All other online friends.

Now all these changes have been made we will wait too see how the users react I think users will take a whole to get use to the whole range of new changes to be implemented.

Facebook needs a option to merge 2 accounts into 1, even more so with Time Lines!

facebook-accounts merge
facebook-accounts merge

Ok so I have been searching around on the internet for an option where I can merge two accounts into one on Facebook, I found this thread where 100’s of people are requesting to do this:
Facebook Help Forum seems that no one has an answer to this question.

Reason this is because I had a Facebook account from 2007-2009 (it was deactivated) I started a new account in 2009-2011 and now I really want to get the old account details merged with the new account after testing the new features on Facebook Time Lines feature if you are missing details on your Facebook it is a in complete product, will seem like some of your history is missing.

Thinking about this it would be a fantastic feature for all Facebook users because when people are married they may want to merge their 2 accounts into one account.

Currently the advice from Facebook is to “download your history on Facebook” but really it does not work at all.

Now if you are facing the same problem and you want to merge 2 Facebook accounts please post a comment below, lets try and wake Facebook up and get this happening:

Facebook Time Lines an interesting new product at F8.

So today I have been testing a new feature which Facebook had released in the last 24 hours called Facebook Time Lines it was announced at the Facebook F8 conference. Currently the product is available to people who are developers on Facebook.

At the Sydney F8 conference today they were really pushing this new product.

The thing which is mind blowing about the new product is that it puts together your whole profile from the past to the present.

1. You have a new home page view where it shows the time line of your account:

Facebook Timelines
Facebook Timelines

2. You then see a whole history of photos from your account per each year, also tagged photos come up.

Facebook Timelines 2
Facebook Timelines 2

3. Then by month you see the status updates you have made on your account.

facebook timelines 3
facebook timelines 3

Overall this just shows the amount of data that Facebook has and can use, it will be interesting too see how they can use this data for advertising.

Overall I feel that a lot of people will be angry about this and worried about the degree of data that the public can actually see, I mean would you want to show your whole like profile to just any random on the street?

Also finally a little goodie from the event which I may auction off soon for charity so stay tuned on that one:

f8
f8

Google Adsense brings backs gambling ads!

gambling
gambling

Another day another dollar, but in Googles case another day a few more multi million dollars. Today I recieved notice that Google will be relaxing the rules in regards to gambling ads been shown on the network, this is an interesting move for a company which prides it self on having a strictly family friendly policy, so this is an intetesting move to say the least.
It states that only high end gambling companies will make the cut.
I guess the potential profit from these ads has been a driver for this decision.

Google places +1 buttons on all adsense units!

Google+1
Google+1

So today I recieved an email from Google telling me that they would be rolling out +1 buttons on all adsense display units via the complete network. (message below)

Adsense Message
Adsense Message

The first thing I thought when I read this is what is the ctr impact going to be for publishers??

Google states that this change is to increase the quality of advertising shown to users, yet most of the advertising targeting for the display ads shown on adsense units is already pretty spot on I would say to 98% range.

But never the less it is a very interesting move and I am sure it may even connect up to Google+1 quality on the website as a whole not just the units in which are showing.

It really shows you that Google is pulling out all the stops to promote Google+1 and Google+ products and it is evident they do not want these products to fail and will throw all marketing dollars at them even if it means changing the ad units that it publishers display.

Facebook Rolls out another new feature – Facebook Lists

Facebook has recently released yet another new feature into the product offering for the website, the new feature is called “Facebook Lists” it has been live fore a few days on most Facebook accounts.

Facebook-lists
Facebook-lists

This is a clear mimic of Twitter Lists, yet with more functionality. Currently your Facebook lists are defaulted to specific groups you have already set up on Facebook such as work friends, family, GEO location mates and uni mates. I would advise to look into customizing this feature as it does save time and is quite cool.

New Feature on Google SERP Preview

So yesterday I was alerted to a new feature on Google Preview on SERPs for the ad listings, it seems that Google is not showing up the Adwords title and URL links on the ad preview now. This has been spotted out by my mate Chris as well and he feels that this will have an impact on SERP CTR with the new lines of text on ad preview SERP boxes.

new-google-feature-preview
new-google-feature-preview

Has any one else noticed this new feature from Google?

Investmentproperty.com.au sells for over $125,000!

Well today we saw a fantastic sale in the Australian domain market. With the domain imvestment property.com.au exchanging hands for over $125,000. For me this is good news as i have been involved with .com.au domains for over 6 years.
I was asked before the sale went to auction. I estimated around 15k boy how wrong i was, but it shows what can happen when you have several end users bidding on a domain the price can suddenly skyrocket.

investment-property
investment-property

10 Sure-fire Tips to Make Money Online in Australia

make money online
make money online

Ok so I have had a few people asking me recently how can I make a few extra dollars online, so I thought the best thing to do would be to post up the top 10 sure-fire tips in my experience to make money online, all of these strategies I have done personally over the last few years and I have made some decent money doing each of these strategies some more so then others.

google-adsense-make money online
google-adsense-make money online

1. Google Adsense – Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money if you are running a small, Medium or Large website or a blog. What Google Adsense does is show relevant ads to your content. It is really easy to get accepted but recently Google is really pushing for high quality content on its network so watch out people make sure that you have high quality content next to your Google ads they will not accept you into the network.

Affiliate-marking-making-money-online
Affiliate-marking-making-money-online

2. Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate marketing is a fantastic way to make money online, the thing with affiliate marketing is that you need to be smart about the offers you are promoting. It takes a fair amount of time to find the right offers to promote. Another highly important factor of affiliate marketing is that the guys who make most of the big money with affiliate marketing are masters with PPC traffic via websites which are lower tier then your likes of Adwords. Their are also two types of Affiliate marketing companies the private affiliate networks which work together and pay more or the companies who offer affiliate marketing. I have been doing affiliate marketing for a few years and I really enjoy it.

Public Affiliate Network I recommend –

http://www.neverblue.com

Private Network I recommend –

http://www.ewanetwork.com/

private ad sales
private ad sales

3. Private Advertising – Private advertising is by far the best way to make money online, the hard part is you need to locate the right people to advertise on your website. The thing is that when you are approached by some one who wants to buy some private advertising they will usually pay a fair bit more then advertising companies such as Google.

flipping-websites-making-money-online
flipping-websites-making-money-online

4. Flipping Domains & Websites – A great way to make money online is by buying websites which are run down and then fixing them up for a profit.

Website I recommend for buying and selling websites:

http://www.flippa.com

cpm making money online
cpm making money online





5. Using CPM advertising on your website – CPM advertising is a great way to make money online if you get alot of traffic. You have numerous companies such as Value Click Media and Under Dog Media who buy advertising on a CPM rate what this means if for every 1000 page views you are paid a sum of money, sure it is not huge but the more traffic you get the more money you can potentially make.

ebay make money online
ebay make money online

6. Selling items you don’t use on eBay – Selling things on eBay is a great way to make money, if you have old items you do not use any more what better to do then sell them on eBay, I pretty much sold all my old items I do not use any more on eBay and I have written numerous articles online about selling and buying on eBay.

ebook make money online
ebook make money online

7. Selling eBooks – Selling eBooks is an old school way of making money online, what you can do is buy the rights to sell an ebook and then on sell it. You need to find a niche which is effective and an ebook which is not that common and something in demand. You can even make your own eBook.

online-surveys making money
online-surveys making money

8. Doing surveys online – If you are not that tech savvy and still want to make a few dollars online you can make it doing surveys.

A good place to do surverys online – www.pureprofile.com

selling-services-making-money
selling-services-making-money

9. Selling your services online – If you can do any type of digital service such as helping people ut things in excel, do some coding, provide professional advice,

A good site for selling your digital marketing services:
http://forums.digitalpoint.com/

content-writing-making-money
content-writing-making-money

10. Writing Content – Selling content is online is a great way to make money, people will pay good money for Good quality content. IF you want content about insurance for example people may pay any where from $5 – $50 for 1000 words of insurance related content.