Filter out political ads from Google AdSense

February 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

As the 2010 presidential election on May 10 draws near, candidates are campaigning more aggressively than ever, including online. However, as much as Filipino bloggers enjoy making money from advertisements on their websites, inadvertently endorsing politicians doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Carlo Ople’s tutorial on removing political ads from Google AdSense should help out with that. He also cites another reason to do this:

Here’s a more compelling reason to filter ads though – adsense earnings. I noticed that the CTR of my various sites went down over the past few months. I decided to observe for a week and I noticed that my blogs are being flooded by political ads. Not just from Manny Villar, but also from Bayani Fernando and Mark Jimenez. It looks like my site visitors are sick and tired already of politics to the point that they refuse to click them at all, hahaha!

If you’ve tinkered with AdSense long enough, you probably know how to do this already. If you don’t, the instructions are straightforward: go to AdSense Setup > Competitive Filter and enter the URLs of the sites you’d rather not advertise on your blog.

What the tutorial is missing is a complete list of political candidates’ websites, which would make the filtering process even more convenient.

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iBlog6 call for speakers/topics and logo contest

January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

iBlog6: the 6th Philipping Blogging Summit is happening on April 16 and 17 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, QC. Here’s what to expect in this two-day event:

iBlog6 is targeted to take place on April 16 and 17. The first day will focus on Blogging for Business (entrepreneurs, corporation, non-government organization, and the likes). We would like to receive proposals that can help businesses understand better on how blogs can be tapped as a tool for promotion and how to work effectively with bloggers (through events, contests, advertising, and the likes).

The second day will focus on topics for Bloggers that includes introduction to blogging, use of photos and videos, policies, and promotion. We also want to look at political blogging, election coverage, and building offline blogging communities.

Interested speakers may now submit topic proposals before the January 31 deadline here.

iBlog is also launching a contest for the redesign of its logo. The mechanics are listed here. Submission of entries runs from February 1 to 15 and the winner will win an 8 GB iPod Nano.

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Bagong Botante by COMELEC

January 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Bagong Botante

The Bagong Botante blog is maintained by the Education and Information Development arm of COMELEC and helps inform the masses about voting procedures and the latest developments involving this government unit.

One of the big problems with any government-related endeavor is that the public is poorly informed of what to do, and therefore are intimidated to participate. Blogging can address this problem and bring institutions like the Commission on Elections closer to the people.

The original blog was hosted at WordPress.com but now it has moved to its own domain at BagongBotante.ph.

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Bloggers Kapihan bloggers’ briefing on poll automation

July 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers’ Kapihan is back with another relevant event every Filipino blogger should attend. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will give a special briefing on poll automation for roughly 20 bloggers on Saturday, July 19, at 1:00-3:00pm.

COMELEC and its technology suppliers will conduct actual trainings on the usage of electronic voting machines and automated counting machines. Video presentations and tutorials will also be shown. The voting machines will be used in the ARMM elections next month.

Interested participants must send an email to mongpalatino[at]gmail[dot]com. The complete programme is found here.

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