Watch Olympics Men’s Hockey Final Canada vs. USA Live on Vancouver2010.com

The Vancouver 2010 Olympics Men’s Hockey Final has Canada vs. USA live on their website. You can view real-time stats such as goals, penalties, shots on goal, etc all on their real-time game statistics display. The Vancouver 2010 website is a perfect example of how events can use technology and social media to keep online visitors on their website; less bounces.


Here’s a screen shot of watch you see when you watch the Olympics 2010 Live on Vancouver2010.com’ live cast system. In this screenshot, you can see live statistics for the Men’s Gold Medal Game. I took this screenshot on Feb 28, 2010 12:46PM PST. It shows you stats for every period; goals, shots, penalty minutes, powerplay minutes, powerplay goals and more. Have you seen this feature on the website? Let me know what you think about the Vancouver 2010 official website in your comments below.

Here’s Vancouver2010.com’s website page to watch the Gold Medal Game:

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey/schedule-and-results/mens-gold-medal-game—game-30_ihm400101t4-nx.html

Parisian Lust – Parisian Love Spoof

When I first saw the full set of Google Search Stories back late last year, I couldn’t help but completely appreciate the concept. Surprising to me, most people didn’t actually see the Parisian Love Google Search Story until it aired during the SuperBowl this year when Google had a long campaign in November about their Google Search Stories.

Today, while checking out some FailBlog.org YouTube channel videos, I discovered, “Parisian Lust” with a thumbnail that resembled “Parisian Love” – This video is NSF haha, well in a contextual… context :) I just couldn’t resist sharing it. enjoy.

We Are The World 25 for Haiti YouTube Video

We Are The World, originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985 has been remade by YouTube artists. Today, I discovered this new video of 57 popular YouTube artists singing this version of We Are The World 25 for Haiti. YouTube covers is probably one of, if not, the most viewed type of videos online today. Music. Some of my favourite YouTube artists are in this video (Melissa Polinar ,DavidChoi, Airto). I expect this video to spread like wild fire.


Here’s the complete artist list:

Troye Sivan – http://www.youtube.com/troyesivan18
Melissa Polinar – http://www.youtube.com/Mpolinar
Ben Sharkey – http://www.youtube.com/Bensharkey
Iann GuĂ©rin – http://www.youtube.com/iann72
Bruce & Daniel – http://www.youtube.com/Dcfan4life
Mishal Moore – http://www.youtube.com/MishalmooreMusic
Ahmir – http://www.youtube.com/Ahmirtv
Blair Perkins – http://www.youtube.com/blairperkinstv
Lyne Sullivan – http://www.youtube.com/LyneSullivan
Lois Mahalia – http://www.youtube.com/LoisMahalia
Chris Cendana – http://www.youtube.com/Ccendana
Jumoke – http://www.youtube.com/JumokeTv
JRice – http://www.youtube.com/Jriceproductions
Luna Mae – http://www.youtube.com/luuntjemae
SamDaSinga – http://www.youtube.com/SamdaSinga
Anhayla – http://www.youtube.com/Anhaylarene
Maria Zouroudis – http://www.youtube.com/MariaZouroudis
Lisa Lavie – http://www.youtube.com/LisaLavie
David Choi – http://www.youtube.com/DavidChoiMusic
Richard Rick Rose – http://www.youtube.com/rickmusiq06
Nick Pitera – http://www.youtube.com/Goonieman86
Aj Rafael – http://www.youtube.com/ilajil
Lucas Teague – http://www.youtube.com/LucasTeague
Jessica Sanchez – http://www.youtube.com/Jsanchezfan
Thia Megia – http://www.youtube.com/Thiamegia
Shan Malaika – http://www.youtube.com/Shanmalaika1
Airto – http://www.youtube.com/Airto
Emmanuelle Auger – http://www.youtube.com/Emmanuelleda
Laura Broad – http://www.youtube.com/blawah2000
BeeKay – http://www.youtube.com/BeeKay86
Sheena Melwani – http://www.youtube.com/SheenaMelwani
Dan Talevski – http://www.youtube.com/Danjt87
Frank Bell – http://www.youtube.com/Faure45
Orlando Dixon – http://www.youtube.com/museman18
Iman Crosson – http://www.youtube.com/alphacat
JR Aquino – http://www.youtube.com/JRAquinoMusic
Eric Arceneaux – http://www.youtube.com/EricArceneaux
Stacy Dudero – http://www.youtube.com/jstizzel03
Meghan Tonjes – http://www.youtube.com/tonjesml
James Dupre – http://www.youtube.com/JamesDupreMusic
Heidi Jutras – http://www.youtube.com/Dididole
Anna Moya – http://www.youtube.com/user/AnnaMoyaM…
Laura Son – http://www.youtube.com/Lis1127
Renee Thomas – http://www.youtube.com/ReneeThomasMusic
Jon McSingee – http://www.youtube.com/Jonmcsingee
Laurence – http://www.youtube.com/Laurence0802
Nick Gardner – http://www.youtube.com/nrhgardner
Jon Cahlander – http://www.youtube.com/JonCahlandermusic
Julie Corrigan – http://www.youtube.com/JulieCorrigan2

How Using Twitter Can Increase Your Online Sales

As an Internet Marketer, I find it difficult to convince clients how social media can benefit their business growth. Its to be expected of course especially with small businesses caught up in the old mindset that sticking with their traditional marketing strategies will do them just fine. And of course, that is fine. That is unless you want to grow. Lend an open ear to our Internet Marketer I say and open your mind to Social Media.


Dell made 3 million dollars from Twitter

A couple of weeks ago, I had to explain to one of my friends how business can leverage social media platforms such as Twitter beyond his belief that its only useful if you’re a celebrity and that it can be used to increase your online sales and conversions. I showed him a recent article published on Internet Retailer that discussed an article posted by the New york Times online stating that Dell made 3 million dollars from Twitter over the last 2 years (sources below). In the article, it says that it took Dell 18 months to make its first $1 Million, but much faster to make its next. The reason for that is because when most people use twitter they dont realize how it can benefit them, but as soon as companies like Dell, GoDaddy, HostGator, RedFlagDeals, start posting promotional codes on their websites, people start listening and keeping on top of their tweets.

The fact is, leveraging Twitter (twitter followers that is), is no different that leveraging your newsletter subscribers. If you’re an online business, you have subscribers. They are your past customers, customers that have asked you a question in the past, and customers that have signed up to your email newsletter no matter how frequent or infrequent you send one out.

Here’s a Twitter/Social Media campaign being used by DomainsAtCost.ca to increase domain name registrations and other services:

DomainsAtCost.ca’s OH Canada Olympic .ca Sale

If you’ve never thought of using leveraging Twitter or Facebook to increase your online sales and conversions, you should. Depending on your customers of course, whether they are online or not, getting people to follow your company on Twitter and or Facebook is a good idea. If your customers are using these platforms on a daily basis, then why aren’t you trying to convert them from these platforms? Use Twitter and Facebook to promote coupon codes like DomainsAtCost.ca and Dell. Your followers will come to learn that if they subscribe and follow you, the next time a new promo code comes out, they’ll be notified.

Sources:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/dell-has-earned-3-million-from-twitter/
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE55B0NU20090612
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How Do I View Google Adsense Reports in Google Analytics?

How do I view my Google Adsense reports in Google Analytics? When I first noticed the “Integrate your Adsense account with Google Analytics linked in December last year, after I completed the linking wizard, nothing happened and it hasn’t worked until about 5 minutes ago for me. I watched the same videos as everyone else twice and to no effect they had.


Yesterday and before 5 minutes ago I actually thought maybe because Im in Canada, Google’s setup for this feature to Canadians has been delayed, but no… I just hope it wasn’t a user (ahem, me) error. Well it works now and if you’re setting this feature up for the first time and its not working for you, make sure you press the “continue” button at the very bottom of the page where it gives you code to copy and paste into the header part of your websites.

How to integrate your Adsense account with Google Analytics Video Tutorial

How to view Adsense reports in Google Analytics:

What new data can I see by linking my AdSense account to Analytics?

Once you’ve linked your AdSense account to Analytics, you’ll be able to view your AdSense performance in a variety of different ways. Specifically, you can view earnings based on user visits rather than just page impressions, giving you a more complete picture of the time users spend on your site before clicking on your ads. You can also break down your AdSense earnings by user location, browser type, and referring source to find out where and how users are reaching your site.

et voila!… finalement! (*sigh* a sigh of major relief and feeling super awesome)

Look for AdSense reports under the Content section in the Analytics navigation sidebar, and the AdSense Revenue tab on some other reports in Analytics, for a breakdown of your traffic by AdSense impressions, clicks, and revenue instead of by pageviews.

How to Use get_the_post_thumbnail to Set Your Post’s Thumbnail in WordPress

In WordPress 2.9+, the get_the_post_thumbnail is a new function that was added to allow you to select and display a post’s thumbnail image. If you have a version of 2.9+ installed, in your wp-includes folder, you will find a file called, post-thumbnail-template.php. Inside, the get_the_post_thumbnail() function is what will allow you to display your post’s thumbnail or thumbnails for a list of posts such as on your homepage or category (archive) pages. The get_the_post_thumbnail WordPress function will return your thumbnail in an html img tag so all you have to do is call the function where you want your thumbnail to be displayed, then style it using css.


How to use get_the_post_thumbnail

To use the get_the_post_thumbnail(), the first thing you MUST do is edit your Theme Functions file (functions.php) in your Appearance > Editor section in your wordpress control panel and add the following line within the php opening and close tags:


add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' )

This activates the “Post Thumbnail” widget in your post editor which will appear just below the category selection widget. There, you will find a “Set thumbnail” link that will pop up your standard wordpress image browser where you just select the image you want to use for the thumbnail.

In addition, this code will also activate an option in your image browser, “Use as Thumbnail”, which allows you to set your post’s thumbnail at the same time right after you upload an image.

The last thing you need to do is insert the following code to display the thumbnail in your post or post list:


<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($post->ID, 'thumbnail'); ?>

Then for each of your posts, set the post thumbnail and it will be displayed wherever you called the function.

Here are the options:

Usage Syntax:
<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail( $id, $size, $attr ); ?>

Usage Parameters:
$id

  • (int) (Required) Post ID.
  • Default: None

$size

  • (int) (Optional) Image size.
  • Default: ‘thumbnail’

$attr

  • (int) (Optional)
  • Default: None

Usage Examples:
get_the_post_thumbnail($id); // without parameter -> Thumbnail

get_the_post_thumbnail($id, ‘thumbnail’); // Thumbnail
get_the_post_thumbnail($id, ‘medium’); // Medium resolution
get_the_post_thumbnail($id, ‘large’); // Large resolution

get_the_post_thumbnail($id, array(100,100) ); // Other resolutions

What it outputs:
The get_the_post_thumbnail WordPress function will return your thumbnail in an html img tag so all you have to do is call the function where you want your thumbnail to be displayed, then style it using css.


<?img src="your_selected_thumbnail.jpg" />

If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to have WordPress automatically get and display your post’s first image thumbnail read my tutorial.

Let me know how this works out for you. Here’s the official wordpress codex for this function http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/get_the_post_thumbnail and alternatively, here’s another post that discusses further customization and theme integration options http://wpengineer.com/the-ultimative-guide-for-the_post_thumbnail-in-wordpress-2-9/

How to Display Your Post’s First Image Thumbnail Automatically in WordPress

How to use your post’s first image’s thumbnail in WordPress. This is a great tutorial because once you upload an image to your post, it’s thumbnail version will be shown wherever you choose to display the thumbnail even without actually inserting the image into your post or using a custom field.


By default, if you upload an image to your post, WordPress automatically creates a thumbnail version of that image (the default size of your thumbnail can be set in the Settings > Media menu option in your WordPress control panel. Mine is set to 150×150). If you want to display that image without using this custom get function, you can either use the get_custom_meta function or for all WordPress 2.9+ installations, you can use the get_post_thumbnail() function which is easier between the two.

But, if you want to have wordpress automatically get your post’s first image’s thumbnail, here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Add the following function to your functions.php file that can be found in Appearance > Editor, then click “Theme Functions” link on the right:


function get_post_thumbnail() {
$files = get_children('post_parent='.get_the_ID().'&post_type=attachment&post_mime_type=image');
if($files) :
$keys = array_reverse(array_keys($files));
$j=0;
$num = $keys[$j];
$image=wp_get_attachment_image($num, 'large', false);
$imagepieces = explode('"', $image);
$imagepath = $imagepieces[1];
$thumb=wp_get_attachment_thumb_url($num);
print $thumb;
else:
print "http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/default-post-thumb.jpg";
endif;
}

2. Second, insert “<?php get_post_thumbnail();?>” within an img html tag like the example below:

<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<div class="clearfloat">
<img src="<?php get_post_thumbnail(); ?>" alt="<?php the_title(); ?>" class="front-list_thumbnail" />
<div class="title"><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a></div>
</div>
<?php endwhile; ?>

3. Lastly, create a default thumbnail image that will be used in step 1 in case there is no image in your post.
I named my file, “default-post-thumb.jpg”

That’s it. Let me know how this works out for you.

DomainsAtCost.ca $9.95 Domain Name Sale Promo Code & Contest

DomainsAtCost.ca, is having a .ca domain name sale (see promo code below) and contest. the last time DomainsAtCost.ca had a .ca or .com sales was last summer and I missed out. If you’re looking for a domain name registrar, try DomainsAtCost.ca! Their control panel is very easy to use and when it comes to customer communications, nobody does it better. Normally, their .ca domain names sell for $12.95 CAD (plus taxes) – thats a savings of $3/domain. The offer expires Saturday, February 20, 2010.


$9.95 Promo code
DOTCA

Must use promo code at checkout. Promotion valid from 11/2/2010 to 20/2/10. Available only for new .CA domain registrations. Transfers and Renewals are not eligible. Promotional code open to Quebec residents.

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