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Internet, Blogging and Technology Tips by Arpit Agarwal

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Track your Google Adsense Payment in India

Google sends the adsense check by DHL courier service. Bluedart courier has sales alliance with DHL in India. So adsense checks are delivered by Bluedart in India. You can track the status of delivery of your adsense check by using the reference number provided in your adsense account. Here is a quick guide to track your adsense payment in India.

Step 1: Login to your adsense account and go to My account > Payment History. Here you can see your earnings and payment history. Click the ‘details’ hyperlink for the payment you want to track. Refer to screenshot below.  (Click to enlarge the image)

Step 2:  In ‘details’ page you can find the Tracking Number. It will be someting like DHL xxxxxxxxxxx ( i.e. DHL followed by a numeric code). All you need is this numeric code to track your payment.

Step 3: Open Bludart Wensite. You will find ‘Track your shipment’ box in the left sidebar. Enter the tracking number you obtained in step 2 and click go.

Step 4: You can see the delivery  status of your adsense check.

It is always advisable to contact the customer support of bluedart and make sure you are in when delivery boy knocks at your door. :)

Google deletes Election 2008 page after criticism from publishers.

Google Adsense sometimes displays a Public Service Ad (PSA) on the pages monetized through Google Adsense. These PSAs are non paying ads and are meant for charity. Google defines Public Service Ad as

PSAs are non-profit organization ads that are served to pages when targeted ads are unavailable, or when Google is unable to gather content from the page. Publishers do not receive earnings for clicks made on PSAs.
Some of the main reasons for PSA being displayed are:
1) The page is not crwaled by google or in same way has restricted access (like through robots.txt)
2) No relevant ads are available for content related to the page.
3) Modification in ad code.
You can read the complete list of reasons here.

Today, I read a post by Amit Agarwal on Digital Inspiration, which questioned about the recently served.
Even I was feeling bit fishy about the same. I have seen quite a number of pages being served with that election 2008 PSA. Although I strongly feel that there should be some relevant ad available for the content of those pages.

Also that election 2008 page is certainly not non commercial. Still Google displayed the ad as PSA and publishers were not paid for it.

And now guess what. After all this questions raised, the election 2008 page on google server is deleted.
Check it out here
http://www.google.com/2008election/

Screenshot: (click to enlarge)

The page existed well as it has pagerank 6.
Also here is the screenshot of page from google cache. (click to enlarge)

I usually feel bad while questioning Google, but someone needs to answer this. They owe an answer to all adsense publishers.

How to download music from esnips. [After download button removal]

eSnips, a popular upload site has disabled the default download option from music files last year. Now you can only download those music files which are allowed to be downloaded by original uploaders. When this changes were enforced on esnips, all the previously uploaded music files were set to ‘no download’ option by default, and all users (uploaders) were given a choice to change this option by changing their account settings. However most of the uploaders never bothered to change the settings. Hence most of the music files are now in listen only mode at esnipes.
Here is a small tutorial which allows you to download any music file from esnips.

How to download music from esnips
Step 1) You need Firefox browser. If don’t have it yet download it from here. Firefox is free and is far better than Internet Explorer. Now when you have Firefox installed, you can proceed to step 2.

Step 2) Download and install a popular firefox addon Greasemonkey. You can get it from here
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748
After installing the Greasemonkey addon, you will see a small icon (a monkey) in the bottom right of your browser.

Step 3) Download this Greasemonkey user script
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/16714
UserScripts.org is a community of developers which have thousands of free scripts.
I recommend to restart the Firefox once both Greasemonkey and script are installed

Step 4) Once this script is installed, you will see a download option below each music file. Click that link to download the music file.
Here are the screenshots of a same music file page before and after the installation of this script.

Before installig the Greasemonkey script

After installing Greasemonkey script.

You can disable the script when you dont want it.

How to disable Greasemonkey or any Greasemonkey script?
Just click the Greasemoney icon once to disable it. When clicked once the icon will become grey which denotes that Greasemonkey is disabled.

You can enable it again by clicking the icon once.

To disable a particular Greasemonkey script follow these steps.
1) Right click on Greasemonkey icon and cmose the option ‘Manage User Scripts’

This will pop up a script manager window.

2) From left column of the window choose the scrpt you want to disable. There is a check box ‘Enable’. Uncheck this box to disable the script. (See screenshot below).

Close this window and you are done.

While downloading music files, make sure you do not violate Copyright Laws.
Hope this tutorial helps you. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask in comment space.

Google turns 10. Birthday Surprises from Google

Google is celebrating its 10th Birth Day. The domain Google.com was registered on Sept 15, 1997. Here are some surprises from Google on its 10th Birth Day

1) A cheesy Google Logo on homepage of Google

2) A special 10th Bithday page hosted on google.com. It also have an interactive sliding timeline. (click to enlarge the image)

3) Project 10 to the 100. This project is a call for ideas from big G. Ideas that can change the world.

4) An untimely Pagerank Update. Yes there has been a PR update today. (I swear PR updated today)

Happy B’day Google.. have a blast and Don’t be evil, ever

WordPress.com takes plagiarism issue very seriously. [Thanks WordPress]

Last year, I wrote a tutorial about using ‘Proxy in Firefox‘ on my old blog. Today I was doing a bit research on same topic (Yes I am planning to write another informative tutorial on the same topic).
While googling the things out, I found an excat copy of my old post on a blog hosted on wordpress.com. That blogpost was a complete ripoff of my original post. Even screenshots used in that posts were hotlinked from my blogger account. No attribution or linkback was provided to my blog or blogpost.

Without a delay,  I contacted the wordpress.com support and opened a thread in their support forum.

[See Thread Here]

And I was surprised to see official responses rolling in in couple of minutes. The forum moderator Bubel responded in my thread, and with in 15 minutes, I got an email from wordpress support team stating that duplicate post is removed from that wordpress.com hosted blog.
Seems like WordPress.com takes plagiarism very seriously.

I appreciate their support and quick response.

Note: If you have any such issue with blogs hosted on wordpress.com, please notify them using the procedure mentioned here.
Another good read in this regard is: How to Deal with Online Plagiarism at DI.

Understanding Copyright on Flickr.

­Flickr is one of the largest photo sharing web resource. It hosts millions of images taken my amateur and professional photographers.

This is a quick guide which explains the copyrights and Creative Commons attributes of images on flickr and how to search for an appropriate image under proper CC license. Understanding these restrictions will help you in finding right (and trouble free) images for your site or blog.

Understanding different License conditions as per Creative Commons:
First you need to understand the following four conditions

Attribution

Means you can copy, distribute and display the images(or any other piece of work). Also you can create derivative of the image. You can alter and modify the image at your will.. All you need to do is provide proper credit to original owner (Like linking back to the profile of uploader or direct flickr image page).

Noncommercial

Means you can copy, display and distribute the work but only for non commercial purpose.

No Derivative Works

Means you can copy, display and distribute the work as it is. You can not modify the work in any form.

Share Alike

Means you can use the image or work and distribute or display it under the same license to this one.

Flickr and CC License:
Images on flickr are either strictly copyrighted or fall under six CC license.  Images marked as copyrighted (All Rights Reserved) are not meant to be copied or used in any any form. You cannot display or use these images until and unless you have prior permission from original author.  Rest, other images are uploaded under following sic license.

Attribution License

Images uploaded under this license are best to use for your blog or site. You can modify these images and use it in any form you like. All you need to do is provide a proper credit and linkback to original owner.
Click here to search Images under Attribution License

Attribution-NoDerivs License

You can use these images as long as you credit the photographer and do not modimy the image. Images under this license are also a fair good deal for your blog or site.
Click here to search Images under Attribution-NoDerivs License

Attribution-NonCommercial License

You are free to modify and use these images by providing proper credit to photographer (or uploader). These images cannot be used for any commercial purpose. So if your blog or site is monetized by any paid advertising like Google Adsense, better not to use these type of images.
Also while using these type of images, its necessary to look into future possibilities of monetizing your blog/site. Your site/blog may not be displaying any paid advertisements right now, but in future you may change your mind and start monetizing the ad spaces. So better avoid these type of images on your webpage.
Click here to search Images under Attribution-NonCommercial License

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Same as above one. But you are restricted to modify the images in any form and use them as it is.
Click here to search Images under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Attribution-ShareAlike License

You are free to use and modify the images until you credit the photographer release the work under same license.
Click here to search Images under Attribution-ShareAlike License

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Same as above. But the images cannot be used for any commercial purpose. You cannot use these type of images if your webpage as any paid ad space (like banners, text links or Contextual ads like Google adsense).
Click here to search Images under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

I hope you will find above tutorial helpful If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask in comment space of this blog entry.­

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1

After a long span of shear laziness I have finally decided to upgrade ‘MeetArpit.com’ to WordPress 2.5.1. Although WordPress 2.6 series is out, but for some reasons I am never comfortable with latest releases of software (Like am yet to try Windows Vista).
Dreamhost provides a single click upgrade of wordpress through its graphical interface panel, but I opted to go for a manual upgrade. WordPress is simply superb.

I have also changed the theme of this blog. The current theme is StudioPress by Daniel (of Daily Blog Tips).

Here Are the Screenshots.

Old Theme


New Theme

Hope I won’t get lazy this time and will post more on this blog. :D