Let’s Clear Some Things Up…

It’s come to my attention that there are quite a few misconceptions regarding this blog. I can only attribute the mistakes to my own fault; I’ve led people in the wrong direction.

Egonitron.com is not my primary website. It never has been, and it never will be. Contrary to my tagline (“Helping Geeks Make Money Online”,) this is not just another Make Money Online blog, it’s not an affiliate marketing blog, or anything of the sort. Egonitron.com is my personal blog on which I write about whatever the hell I feel like writing about at the time. That’s the very reason I don’t update as often as I should, and it’s the reason I don’t do any marketing for the blog. I’ve never intended on making any money from this blog (although I have,) and I never intended on getting this blog to be popular (which it really hasn’t.)

While I do give the occasional tip on blogging and marketing and SEO, etc, it’s only because I feel like sharing some information on the subject. Those subjects interest me, so I write about them.

Let me give a little bit of background. While many newer bloggers just name their blog after their own first and last name (there’s nothing wrong with that,) the term “Egonitron” actually came from a nickname back in high school. When I met Danielle and Gary at BlogWorld Expo outside smoking, I believe it was Gary who made a comment expecting me to look like Egon from the Ghostbusters cartoon. If fact, that’s where the name came from; I used to look identical to Egon from the cartoon. I digress…

I like to dabble in all sorts of online ventures, and test out everything. While my primary business is blogging, I play around with PPC, affiliate marketing, domaining, SEO, web development, and all sorts of other stuff. What I really need to do is focus on one or two things and become very good at that before I try other stuff, but it’s really fun :) For my day job, I actually work in IT for a very large company, but that gets monotonous very quickly.

Again, Egonitron.com is my personal blog in which I do give the occasional tip, list, or other article about things I’ve learned along the blogging way, as well as business stuff, marketing, IT stuff, SEO, or any other cool stuff I feel like writing about. I hope you’ve found some interesting things along the way, and I hope you continue to return to read more. I’ll probably be changing some things soon. Nothing major, but I’ll most likely play around with changing some things on the sidebar, etc.

Don’t be shy, let me know your thoughts…

Egonitron Minor Redesign

You may have noticed that the look of Egonitron.com is a little bit different than it was about a month ago. Although my design skills are less than admirable, I spent a few hours trying to redesign my header with my new logo. For my low design skill level, I think I did a pretty decent job, but there are still a few things I would like to change.

In addition to this, I’ve added a Google Custom Search box at the above-right. It only searches articles here on Egonitron, so it’s no different than a regular site search. The results load here in an iFrame in the main content, give it a try!

If you notice any bugs or problems, something you would like changed, or a suggestion, please contact me.

My Contact Form was Down

DuhLet this be a lesson in testing your site thoroughly. I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been getting any feedback recently, and it turns out my contact form hasn’t been working, so nobody was able to get in contact with me.

If you filled out the contact form and didn’t receive a response from me, I wasn’t being a dick, I just didn’t get your email. My bad. If you unsuccessfully tried to contact me, go fill out my new, fancy form here:

Egonitron.com Contact Form

If you didn’t try to contact me before, go do it anyway just to say “Hi” :)

I Give Up on Internet Explorer

No IE7That’s right, I give up trying to accommodate Internet Explorer (6) users. For for IE readers, I’m sorry, but you shouldn’t be using IE anyway. If you surf this website in any other browser, you will see it how it’s meant to be seen. If you’re in IE however, you will not see the sidebars required for navigation. Why not? Because IE is retarded and doesn’t know how to render pages correctly.

Not only that, but list items look kinda funny, transparent PNG images don’t look right, there’s extra spacing where there doesn’t need to be…I could go on.

Please read A Note to Internet Explorer Users. It’s a post I did a while back explaining why you shouldn’t use IE. Please read it.

In the mean time, please download FireFox and use it instead.

Stop Ignoring Advertisements!

Blank BillboardYes, this may sound silly, especially coming from me. But let’s sit back and think about this for a minute. With advancements like TiVo, which lets you skip TV commercials, and the Adblock plugin for Firefox, which lets you block any advertisement on web pages, advertisements have become close to non-existent for many consumers, especially the tech-savvy ones.) While this may sound like a good thing, we have to think about the consequences.

Advertising is what makes content free. If it weren’t for TV commercials, we wouldn’t have TV. Same deal with the internet, in most cases. Most websites now-a-days monetize their site by placing advertisements of some sort on the page, hoping you will click on something of interest. Webmasters deserve to get paid for the enormous amount of time and effort they put into their sites. Blocking these advertisements with plugins or simply ignoring them hurts the website owner. If everybody used these, most websites would be no more! That, or all would be on a paid-subscription basis, and who wants that?

I use Adblock for Firefox myself. Am I a hypocrite? hardly…
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