Take old style photos with your Android phone.

I sorta debated if this was worth posting about, but I think it is worthy of a mention. I found this app in the Android market the other day after the default camera on my G2 was messing up. After seeing the photos I took with it I got really excited about it. It is due to my odd curiosity on old style photos.

The app is called Retro Camera from Urbian and is found in the Android market. I would not be surprise if it is in the iPhone market also. As of right now (not sure if they plan to update it) they have 5 camera you can use. Here is also examples of the pictures it takes. Just to note, I am not a great photographer .

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My experience and review on the HTC G2 with T-Mobile

I picked up the new G2 around early October, around the time it came out to market. Before this I was using the HTC G1. At the time I just wanted to upgrade my G1 phone to better hardware and a new version of Android. I went to the upgrade section in my T-Mobile account and they only offered the G2 and the myTouch. After a little comparison and some reviews I landed onto the G2. Now after around 2 months using it, I am going to try to give it an in depth review.
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My review on Ooma Core VoIP Phone System

After many years of paying AT&T bills that average in the 90s we decided to try out a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone system. These are phones that use the internet to make calls like Skype. The main benefit of using VoIP phones would be to cut your phone bill. The only thing you need from your phone provider is a naked DSL line that cost around $20 a month. The basic Ooma service is free.

We decided on the Ooma mainly because you do not need to hook the phone up to a personal computer like Magic Jack. I believe Vonage offers the same benefits. The other reason we decided on Ooma because Costco was running a good deal at 199$.

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My experience with Google Adsense and what to expect

Short overview of Google Adsense

I am do not want to bore anyone with all the complete details of Google Adsense, since Google  does a good job explaining it. I just want to give an idea of how much money to expect….Just in case you did not know Google will pay you money for posting their ads on your sites. They will pay according to page impressions which is just page views and by people clicking on the ads. Not matter what ad Google has up it counts as an ad impression. Google uses eCPM to give you an average of how much you make per 1000 page impressions or how much to expect at a thousand.  Here is how Google Adsense explains it:

Effective CPM doesn’t represent your earnings – rather, it’s calculated by dividing your earnings by number of page impressions, then multiplying by 1000. For example, if you earned $0.15 from 25 page impressions, then your eCPM would equal ($0.15/25)*1000, or $6.00. If you earned $180 from 45,000 impressions, your effective CPM would equal ($180/45,000)*1000, or $4.00.

The good news is that you do not have to reach 1000 ad impressions to make money. You can make a fraction of the eCPM depending on how many ad impressions. For example, if you did 93 ad impression in one day, you would make 93/1000 fraction of the amount per eCPM.

One thing that got me for the longest time is that I would have over $200 eCPM and only had like 20 impressions. So my thinking I could make a 1000 impressions and make $200. What i missed was that I had like one or two clicks that day that paid decent and it increased my eCPM. So in reality I would of not got that much, but probably just the money I already earned, unless i kept the percentage of clicks per impressions. To rely just on ad impressions will not earn you that much but maybe some change per 1000 ad impressions

So your main goal is to hope a lot people click on your ads. Clicking on an ad can pay on average .50 to over a dollar. It can be pass that range though. If you think of it, if you worry about getting a lot of ad impressions then more clicks will follow.

Google will pay after you rack up $100 dollars in earnings. Pretty sweat deal if you can bring a lot of people to your site and hopefully get a lot of clicks.

How many Ad impressions to expect for a new site

Early this year (2010) I started to take creating websites for the experience and for some extra pocket money from Google adsense. I thought I could create some decent/fair quality websites and track 100+ visitors a day. I was thinking it would be very simple because I was not expecting much from it. But I was fair from the truth.

I started by creating 3 sites:  personal site (nathanhaze.com) with around 10 pages, a graveyard site (graveyardsdb.com) which is around 25+ pages, and web design tutorial (noobcoding.com) that maxed out at 20+ (now it is this site). It has now been about 6 months since they been up and I only get around 10 page views combined from Google Adsense per day. What a fry cry from expecting several hundreds of page views.

Most recently I started a third site, peoplewtf.com, which is a photo blog of douche bag guys. I know it is not the best idea, but I do curve out over 50 impressions daily with it. This is over 10 times what I make from the other sites combined.  I am not discouraged cause I do see growth in the sites more I work on them . I remember getting a couple every other day to having 10 impressions daily and finial to average of 50 daily. I have to admit my sites are not the greatest or do I try to promote them. Fews times I tried on forum boards I would just get a spike for a couple of days.

Final Comment

Google Adsense is easy to set and easy to track.  I would think typical you would expect 3 -5 dollars daily for a site on average. This adds up nicely to maybe pay a phone bill. I would recommend to add Google Analytics to your site  to understand why people are coming to your site. You must be very patience.   I see it as a growing fruit tree from seed (excuse the douche reference).  As in that is will start off slow, but will grow to make decent money. There is other ad networks out there, but most of them will require that you have over 100k impressions per month.

Leave a comment on your experience with Google Adsense.


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