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Gmail Priority Inbox September 9, 2010

Filed under: google,Madam Geek — Madam Geek @ 5:30 pm
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This might be old news but it is still new news to some. To view the priority box look at your top right hand corner of your Gmail screen.


Google Instant saves the day! September 8, 2010

Filed under: google — Madam Geek @ 10:44 pm
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I was searching the internet earlier this evening using Google search. There was nothing new or different to the website, but a few hours later just like magic there is something new!

It’s called Google Instant. When searching in Google, while still typing your key words, links to possible sites automatically come up. You will see results instantly and can alter your search accordingly. As You have to be signed in to your Google account to use Google Instant.

This is sure to save you time. Google is really pushing boundaries and I can’t see anyone not using any Google Apps. How do you get through the day without either: Google Docs, Google Calendar, Gtalk, Gmail, Google Chrome or any other Google innovation?


The search is on…iPhoto September 7, 2010

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek — Madam Geek @ 8:22 pm
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The latter part of my day was spent playing around with iPhoto and Photobooth. I spent many hours playing with my iPhone and all it’s features, but even after receiving a MacBook from my husband as a get well gift over 2 months ago, I still spend more time on my iPhone than my Mac.

So this evening I decided to change that. After downloading some cool 3D Apple Wallpaper pics I wanted to create a slideshow and have music in the background. Well I could not figure out how to do all this on my iPhone so I switched on the Mac. After transferring all the pics into 1 folder and opening iPhoto, I discovered a whole new world. Exactly what I wanted: photos sliding in and out randomly across the screen at a pace set by me. And a nice surprise was that there is music preloaded in iPhoto. I found a song that is on the soundtrack of Twilight. Of course this was my first choice.

So after watching the Slideshow a couple of times with the music blaring and making Marlon watch it with me, I could transfer the pics to Flickr and Facebook. This was easy to do. But now I wanted to share the entire Slideshow with effects and music and all, with friends. For the life of me I could not export the slideshow as is! This is quite frustrating. I’m sure there is someone out there that knows how to do this! I will continue the search tomorrow, as one of my best friends is Google after all.


Can a blog make money? May 29, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,RLabs — Madam Geek @ 2:57 pm
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Hell yea!

This morning I was part of the RLabs team where we had iGeek (Gerhard Portgieter) with us. He was generous enough to take a couple of hours out of his Saturday morning to give us some tips on Monetizing your blog!

Talk was very interesting and insightful. Who knew what has been happening in the blogerspere all this time where money has been made.

Some important tips from Gerhard are:
1. never blog for the sake of money
2. important to build a following

Things to help you get results faster:
*focus you blog (niche)
*be passionate about your subject
*be obsessed about your topic
*build a following
“when you combine all of these you will build a following easily”

Different ways of generating income through:

There are 2 popular advertisement companies in South Africa used to run online advertising:
1. Google AdSense
Uses the pricing model: cpc – cost per click (every click) and cpm – cost per mile (every thousand views)
2. Adgator
Uses only the cpm model and also the 50:50 revenue share

*product reviews

*affiliate programs (if your blog is focused on local market) (if your blog is focused on international market)
trafficsynergy and offerforge (cpc) is used by iGeek

Sell Merchandise
put your logo on a t-shirt and give a few away and sell the rest on your blog. People like wearing a t-shirt with a website address on

eg. PayPal
put a donation button on your site

*Public Speaking
take it offline. share your blog with others

*Guest posting
guest blogging. sharing your blog online

Some Advice from iGeek
*do not be desperate to make money from ads by placing it all over your site
*try and keep your content clean of advertisements
*try and make the ads blend in with the theme of your website, Google Adsense allows you to customise the look of text ads
*don’t click on your own ads, most ad providers can pick this up and will disable your account

After this we were ready to set up google adsense

These are just some steps I managed to capture while listening and blogging at the same time:
Create an AdSense. If you have a GMail account even better. You just need to log in and there you go.
Log in on your WordPress blog
Go to Appearance
Go to Editor
Theme Files
Click on Sidebar
Recommended to use the following
300X250 medium retangle
125X125 button
corner styles
show public service ads
adsense unit name
code embed into blog
(all of these will make sense once you have the screen open)

After listening to all of this, I was told that it will only work on a self hosted blog. Unfortunately, I can not run google ads on my blog as I don’t have a self hosted blog. So my dear readers, what should I do?

Here are some pics of our morning!


Google Phone comes to South Africa May 3, 2010

Filed under: google,interview — Madam Geek @ 2:37 pm
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She’s the Geek just updated her blog. She’s the Geek has two brilliant posts for the day. Please read: Interview with Cath Jenkins and Google Phone comes to South Africa

I have inserted the slideshare presentation on Google Phone comes to South Africa:


You can’t deny yourself and yet you can’t help yourself April 19, 2010

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek — Madam Geek @ 8:31 pm
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Well it seems we at a distinct cross road in our world! The air space in Europe has come to a grinding halt, Apple, Android, Google, HTC, Windows, iPhone, iPad (am I allowed to mention them all in the same sentence?) have all introduced something new and then we have our political state in South Africa in particular and across countries, wars in our neighbouring countries and continents, the list is endless.

Yet our interest in connecting with one another and engaging using various technologies still forces us to share of ourselves. Each time we update our status on Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, Forsqure or write a blog post or comment on any social network: we share a piece of our souls. We make a mark. We let people in to see who we really are. And we change little by little, one mega byte by one mega byte at a time… You can’t deny yourself and yet you can’t help yourself!