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Fixing The Transposh WordPress Plugin

October 8th, 2015 1 Comments

Back around 2005/2006 when Blogging was really taking off there was a phase where everybody got in to language translation. Automated translation tools were all over the place. What was seen as a massive SEO boost was quickly shot down by Google who found it very easy to detect the often badly auto translated pages. Ever since there have been a few attempts at making a SEO friendly translation tool but none have really succeeded. So me being me I decided to take what was the best of a bad bunch and get it actually working. If you’ve tried using Transposh but are getting duplicated titles, descriptions and any other number of “HTML Improvements” appearing in your Google webmaster tools then this post is for you!

C# WebBrowser InnerHTML Ajax Problem – Solved

October 12th, 2013 3 Comments

About 6 months ago my Adsense Alert program stopped working, basically because Google made a load of changes to their site including a huge amount of Ajax. The trouble was that I couldn’t get the WebBrowser component to populate with the full page source after all the Ajax calls had been completed. It wasn’t a problem I worked on constantly but instead just dipped in and out of trying various ways of waiting for the page load to complete and/or forcing the document within the web browser control to refresh. Nothing worked, then yesterday determined to sort it out once and for all I had a brainwave and have now solved the problem.

Javascript Popup Mistake Costs Thousands Of Pounds

February 22nd, 2013 0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to open up 2 windows from 1 click? Me too! Back in 2008 I signed up to a number of affiliate programs for one website where the landing page I wanted wasn’t a viable target for a referral URL. In other words I wanted to direct the visitor to a certain page whilst still getting credit if they did sign up so this required opening 2 windows from the 1 click. Sounds simple and it was but now in 2013 I’ve discovered I made a massive mistake that has cost me god only knows how many thousands of pounds.

WordPress Post.php 403 503 Problems Solved

August 15th, 2012 0 Comments

Why can nothing ever be straight forward? One of my hosts decided to migrate my account to a new server about a week ago, something which I thought hadn’t had any effect on my websites until about 5 hours ago when I went to update a page on one website and was greated by a lovely “403, Page Forbidden” error. After 3 hours of buggering about I’ve finally got it working, here is how.

Redirecting All But One Page

August 13th, 2012 0 Comments

I think we can all agree that 301 redirecting an entire domain to a new one isn’t going to solve your Google penalty issues. However, what happens if you were running a small’ish website and you’ve maybe only been over aggresive with the linking to one or two pages? You could 301 redirect the old domain to a new one for all except those pages…if only you knew how to do it.

ClickBank Refund – How To Get A ClickBank Refund

March 5th, 2010 28 Comments

I’m not somebody that hits the refund button that often. I like to give everything I’m trying at least a second and third chance, a lot of the time I’ll even give things a 4th chance. There does come a point though where it’s time to say enough is enough and to get your money back. I passed a new landmark in my online career today, I had to do my first ever ClickBank Refund.

How To Get A ClickBank Refund

I don’t know why but I had it in my head that I’d done this before and that it was really easy. It is simple to get a refund through ClickBank but I’d never done it before, I guess this was the first time I’d every given up on a product that I’d bought through ClickBank and not PayPal or some other payment provider.

These are the steps you need to take to get your refund from ClickBank:-

1. Find the original e-mail receipt sent from ClickBank for the product you bought. You can always do a subject search for “Receipt for your Clickbank Order”

2. Find the CUSTOMER SERVICE section of your receipt e-mail (It is below the TECHNICAL SUPPORT section). Near the top of the Customer Service bit is a link, clicking this will bring you directly to your product support page.

3. From this page there is no obvious refund request. However you need to click on the Get Support icon.

4. This is where you can pick your support request type. You want to select refund. It’s really important that you go with refund and not cancel. A lot of products are sold as subscriptions and whilst cancelling stops any further payments you want a refund. As long as you are in the standard 60 day ClickBank money back period this shouldn’t be a problem.

5. Finally you need to give a reason for your refund request. You need to be honest here, I’d also suggest filling in some comment so that you can help the product vendor. They may have lost you as a customer but they may act on what you say and it could help them retain other customers and improve their product.

Submit your refund request and that is just about all there is to it. One thing worth keeping in mind is that ClickBank refunds are not processed straight away. It can take a couple of days (although in my experience is was just under 24 hours) to get your ClickBank refund so be patient.

How Do I Get Country Flags In My Comments?

February 24th, 2010 0 Comments

With all the great content (cough) I’ve churned out over the last few years I’m amazed, appalled and disgusted 😉 that the one question that seems to crop up one than any other, time and time again is:-

How do you get those country flags next to the commenters?

So for once and for all – the plugin you need is a WordPress stats package called Firestats. The easiest way to install it is just to search for Firestats from the “Add New” option of the plugins menu. It adds some basic statistics functionality to your WordPress blog and yes, those cool country, browser and OS icons!

Check Adsense Earnings On Your iPhone And iPod Touch

December 13th, 2009 2 Comments

It’s not that I’m a compulsive stats checker (much) but I do like to know how much money I’m making with Adsense on a day by day basis. There’s no way I would have spent so much time writing my Adsense Alert program if it wasn’t something I was concerned with. I bought an iPod touch a few months ago and along with playing various Tower Defence games one of the other things I was using it for was checking my Adsense Earnings, that was until they changed their system to report Estimated Earnings. That simple changed pushed the earnings amount of the screen. Here’s how to get your Adsense Earnings on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

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